Melanchthon's shifting thoughts on free will were not driven by an incorporation of philosophical metaphysics into his theology, as some have argued. Instead, Melanchthon embraced the tools of humanism, but always strictly separated theology from Aristotelian metaphysics. An analysis of Melanchthon's writings on Colossians (1527–8), and the Visitation Articles (1527–8) follows. In these years, Melanchthon further delineated a divided rule of God between the temporal and spiritual realms, such that the human will enjoyed temporal freedom, while remaining in spiritual bondage.
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