Justification: What's at Stake in the Current Debates

Wheaton Theology Conference Series

Edited by Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier

Justification: What's at Stake in the Current Debates
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  • Length: 278 pages
  • Published: May 2004
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2781-7
  • Item Code: 2781
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Justification

It is not just one word among many, but it is a central reality for which Christians are thankful to God.

Consequently, a faithful understanding of justification is not merely a concern of academic theologians but of all Christians. Discussion of this crucial matter reached a watershed during the Reformation, but concerns raised since then have not all been resolved throughout the church.

In fact, current debates, even controversy, about justification among Protestants and between Protestants and Roman Catholics have been chronicled for general readers in periodicals such as Christianity Today and Books and Culture.

In this book Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier bring together notable evangelical scholars and teachers to address from biblical, historical, theological and ecumenical perspectives key questions that prevent complete unity between Roman Catholic and Protestant branches of the church and raise tensions even among Protestant denominations. Witnessing to certain signs of hope, these essays also acknowledge points of caution. But for every reader who is looking for guidance and orientation to this doctrine and current discussion, this book provides a wealth of charitable yet incisive insight.

Key questions addressed in Justification include:

  • Does the doctrine of imputation of Christ's righteousness need to be rethought, or does it faithfully reflect biblical teaching?
  • How should the faith and transformation of the believer be understood in connection with our justification?
  • What is the connection between our union with Christ and justification?
  • What can we learn from Lutheran, Wesleyan and Anglican perspectives on justification?
  • What does the Lutheran-Catholic Joint Declaration of 1999 contribute to current ecumenical discussions, and what prospects are there for real theological and ecclesiological reconciliation?

These an other questions about the vital fact of justification for Christian salvation remain of central importance for the preaching, teaching, believing and unity of the church.

"What makes this particular collection attractive is that it takes an overtly inter-disciplinary approach. Pastors and students alike will find these essays thought-provoking."

Nijay K. Gupta, Ashland Theological Journal, 2008
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CONTENTS

Introduction - Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier

Abbreviations

Part One: Justification in Biblical Theology
1. The Nonimputation of Christ's Righteousness - Robert H. Gundry
2. The Vindication of Imputation: On Fields of Discourse and Semantic Fields - D. A. Carson

Part Two: Justification and the Crisis of Protestantism
3. What's at Stake in Current Debates Over Justification? The Crisis of Protestantism in the West - Bruce L. McCormack
4. Justification and Justice: The Promising Problematique of Protestant Ethics in the Work of Paul L. Lehmann - Philip G. Ziegler

Part Three: Justification in Protestant Traditions
5. Luther, Melanchthon and Paul on the Question of Imputation: Recommendations on a Current Debate - Mark A. Seifrid
6. Contemporary Lutheran Understandings of the Doctrinen of Justification: A Selective Glimpse - Robert Kolb
7. The Doctrine of Justification: Historic Wesleyan and Contemporary Understandings - Kenneth J. Collins

Part Four: Justification and Ecumenical Endeavor
8. Twofold Righteousness: A Key to the Doctrine of Justification? Reflections on Article 5 of the Regensburg Colloguy (1541) - Anthony N. S. Lane
9. The Theology of Justification in Dogmatic Context - Paul D. Molnar
10. The Ecclesial Scope of Justification - Geoffrey Wainwright

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