"Today the student and I reviewed concepts and ideas relating to a paper she is beginning to outline. I began by asking her to tell me what she was thinking about writing and what she found confusing. After she gave me an idea of where she was on the material and her prospective paper, we talked through the major points relating to Erasmus, Luther and More. We focused most of our attention on each thinker's conception of the individual and the relationship of the individual to the divine. This conversation led us into an exploration of how More, Erasmus and Luther conceived of the relationship between divine grace and individual acts, specifically regarding the prospect of salvation. Most of our discussion was pretty cyclical, as it oscillated between the specific elements of each person's thought and the general renaissance ideas of the human condition. We specifically focused on the idea of free will, how it relates to the humanistic conception of the individual and the human condition, and how each of these inform the possibility of salvation. In addition to working through the theological elements to each of these points--which is specific to her class and paper--I also discussed how each relates to the world of political theory. While Erasmus and Luther were not specifically political thinkers, their ideas greatly inform the upcoming shift in political thinking from feudalism to political liberalism. The central renaissance ideas of individuality and individual freedom and autonomy play a major role in the schism between Luther's reformation and Erasmus and More's reluctance to join the reformation, but they also profoundly figure into the development of political liberalism. As such, our conversation focused a great deal on the transition to modernity, not just in the religious or theological sense, but also in the realm of politics and political theory. Here I made mention of the political and ethical thought of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Kant. I hope that these ideas were at least illuminating and not just white noise, but I think they will at the very least help inform some of the import of theological humanism of Luther, More, Petrarch and Erasmus. We ended by thinking about some specific directions that she can take her paper and how to outline and organize her thoughts. We covered a lot of terrain in our time together, and I hope that it was useful to her as she begins to write her outline and subsequent paper. I really enjoyed working and talking with her, and I look forward to any future opportunity to do so again."