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On Sin and Free Choice - Theological Commonplaces

by Gerhard, Johann ;  Dinda, Richard, translator

Item #: 531195 / 2014 / Hardback / 367 Pages


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About this Volume
On Sin and Free Choice consists of three commonplaces. First, “On Original Sin” addresses the first sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3) and the terrible results of this primeval sin: the fact that all of Adam’s and Eve’s natural descendants lack original righteousness, are corrupted in their natures, and therefore stand guilty of God’s just judgment. The original sin is handed down from parents to children via the procreation. The healing from original sin, merited by Jesus Christ, begins to be applied in Holy Baptism.

Second, “On Actual Sins” deals with human statements, deeds, and desires that are against God’s moral law. Gerhard examines many categories of sins, and especially shows that even the wrongful desires within people are truly sins. The distinction between “mortal” and “venial” sin is shown to be biblical, but must be guarded from misunderstanding.

Third, “On Free Choice” speaks of how fallen human beings have some freedom of choice, but not the kind of freedom that could turn them towards God. The fallen human will freely chooses only things that are contrary to God, until the Holy Spirit converts a person to faith in Christ.

About the Series

The Theological Commonplaces series is the first-ever English translation of Johann Gerhard's monumental Loci Theologici. Gerhard was the premier Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century. Combining his profound understanding of evangelical Lutheran theology with a broad interest in ethics and culture, he produced significant works on biblical, doctrinal, pastoral, and devotional theology. Gerhard interacts with the writings of the church fathers, Luther and his contemporaries, and the Catholic and Calvinist theologians of his day. His 17-volume Loci is regarded as the standard compendium of Lutheran orthodoxy, with topics ranging from the proper understanding and interpretation of Scripture to eschatology.

Useful for research on Lutheran doctrine, Gerhard's accessible style makes this a must-have on the bookshelf of pastors and professional church workers.

Each embossed hardback volume includes:

·the translation of Gerhard's Loci (originally published from 1610 to 1625)
·a glossary of key theological, rhetorical, and philosophical terms
·a name index
·a Scripture index
·a carefully researched works cited list that presents guidance for deciphering the numerous abbreviations of the other titles from which Gerhard quotes.

“Gerhard’s Loci is the greatest doctrinal text in the entire history of Lutheranism. By putting these splendid volumes in the English language, CPH ensures access to the solid teaching of the orthodox Lutheran Church in one of its greatest expressions ever penned. And CPH is virtually the only Lutheran publishing house in the world with the capacity, fidelity, and will to produce such gems!” 

Matthew C. Harrison, president, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

"Among the strengths of Gerhard are his clear definitions of terms, his abundant use of Scripture, his thorough knowledge of the church fathers, and the clarity of his outline and arguments. The notion that the Lutheran dogmaticians were philosophical debaters rather than careful exegetes of Scriptures is quickly disproved by the way in which Gerhard presents testimony from the Bible. . . . [It is] a work that deserves its recognition as the outstanding work of Lutheran (i.e. biblical) dogmatics.”

John F. Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly
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