The Heidelberg Disputation was held at the lecture hall of the Augustinian order on April 26, 1518.[1] It was here that Martin Luther, as a delegate for his order, began to have occasion to articulate his views. In the defense of his theses, which culminated in a contrast between divine love and human love,[2] Luther defended the doctrine of human depravity and the bondage of the will. Martin Bucer, the reformer of Strasbourg, heard Luther here and became an avid follower.[3] This disputation also led to Johann Eck's challenging Martin Luther to the Leipzig Debate.[4]

28 theses

The Heidelberg 28 theses based the disputation, and represented a significant evolution from the 95 theses of the previous year from a simple dispute about the theology behind the indulgences to a fuller, Augustinian, theology of sovereign grace.[5]


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  1. ^ Kittelson 1986, p. 111.
  2. ^ Totten 2003, p. 446.
  3. ^ Kittelson 1986, p. 112: "Martin Bucer, who later took up what he understood to be Luther's cause, observed in a letter to his friends, 'Luther responds with magnificent grace and listens with insurmountable patience. He presents an argument with the insight of the apostle Paul.'"
  4. ^ Kolb 2009, p. 24.
  5. ^ Luther 2008.


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