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:
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.
Introduction - Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier
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