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On the Freedom of a Christian sometimes also called "A Treatise on Christian Liberty" (German: "Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen") was the third of Martin Luther’s major reforming treatises of 1520, appearing after his Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation (Aug. 1520) and the work Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church, (October 1520). This work developed the concept that as fully forgiven children of God, Christians are no longer compelled to keep God's law; however, they freely and willingly serve God and their neighbors.[1]


  1. ^ Albrecht Beutel, "Luther's Life," tr. Katharina Gustavs, in The Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther, ed. Donald K. McKim (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 11.


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