In This Essay I Will Compare A Few Of The Major Points

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In this essay I will compare a few of the major points in Christian theology from church fathers from before the Reformation, Pierre Abelard, St. Francis of Assisi, Augustine of Hippo, and Pelagius, with those of modern Christian theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer . This essay will discuss the thought before and after the Reformation on how and why people sin. Next, it will discuss idea of free will and how the church fathers and philosophers agree or disagree on the topic. Lastly, I will compare the notion of unification of religion before the Reformation with the disconnection from religion that Bonhoeffer proposes with his theory of “religionless Christianity.” These points include a combination of topics including grace, intention, and…show more content…
Once that was mostly established, many, like Pierre Abelard went on to think about how or why people sin. Do people sin by choice or are people completely helpless when it comes to resisting temptation. Abelard thought believed that sin is subjective. Sin is inside us all and, and although we choose to give into sinful desires, it is through divine grace that we seek out the love of Jesus. It is not the sin itself but the intention in the heart of the person committing an act that could be considered sin under certain circumstances. If a person kills another person, it is not the act of killing that is a sin but the intent behind the killing. If the killing was an accident or self-defense it is different from maliciously committing murder, or intending to kill another person. St. Francis of Assisi would say that sin is objective: the act of sin without knowingly or deliberately committing the sin. Intention has no part in whether or not an act is considered. Sin is sin regardless of intent. With the legacy of St. Francis’ ministry, the order called “The friars”, it seems that St. Francis was more concerned with good works as a means of salvation. However, works would mean nothing if there was not good intent behind them. Dietrich Bonhoeffer believes we are not judged by our works, but are saved by grace. A person must first be called to a life of Christ. This call is His grace. Reject the call
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