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Heidelberg Disputation

The Heidelberg Disputation was held at the lecture hall of the Augustianian order on April 25, 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 the depravity of man 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 challenging Luther to the Leipzig Debate.[4]


  1. ^ Kittelson 1986, p. 111
  2. ^ Totten 2003, p. 446
  3. ^ Kittelson 1986, p. 112: "Marting 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


  • Kittelson, James (1986), Luther the Reformer, Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, ISBN , retrieved 2012-11-18 
  • Kolb, Robert (6 February 2009), Martin Luther, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN , retrieved 2012-11-18 
  • Totten, Mark (2003), "Luther on unio cum Christo: Toward a Model for Integrating Faith and Ethics", The Journal of Religious Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell) 31 (3): 443–462, ISSN 0384-9694, JSTOR 40008337, doi:10.1111/1467-9795.00147 

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