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THEO 6662 Grace, from Lombard to Luther (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course studies the primary texts (in English) of authors who stood in the background of Luther's treatment of grace. His sources begin with Lombard, who, for Luther, identified grace with the presence of the Holy Spirit in the soul. Luther criticizes later scholastic authors who consider sanctifying grace as a created quality existing in the soul. This criticism begins with Thomas Aquinas and moves to John Duns Scotus, Peter Aureoli, and Gregory of Rimini, who all deal with sanctifying grace but within different views of God's acceptance of man's graced acts as meritorious of the blessed life of heaven.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Stephen F. Brown

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17