Latomus and Luther. The Debate: is every Good Deed a Sin?

Posted: 7 October 2019

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New: volume 25 in the Refo500 Academic Studies series (R5AS): Latomus and Luther. The Debate: Is every Good Deed a Sin?, by Anna Vind.

Who was Jacob Latomus? What did he write in the series of lectures to which Luther penned an answer in 1521, an answer which is now so central to many interpretations of the great reformer? And how is the reading of that answer affected when it is preceded by an interpretation of what Latomus wrote?

The study goes through the most important parts of Latomus’ treatise against Luther (1521). The aim is to identify Latomus’ theological convictions and thus to pin down who and what Luther was up against. The second and major part of the book is a reading of Luther’s pamphlet against Latomus (1521). Parallels are drawn with Latomus’ theology in order to facilitate as much as possible an appreciation of the differences between the two. The comparison between the two theologians shows that they speak completely different languages and that their viewpoints do not square at all.

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