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"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom 5:1). When Paul wrote these words he seemed confident he had made himself clear.
But for centuries the Pauline doctrine of justification has been a classic point of interpretation and debate in Christian exegesis and theology. And while in recent decades there have been moments of hopeful convergence among the various traditions of the Western church, the fine print often reveals more facets and distinctions than ever before.
This volume focuses on five views of justification and calls on representative proponents to set forth their case and then respond to each other. The five views are:
Traditional Reformed (Michael S. Horton)
Progressive Reformed (Michael F. Bird)
New Perspective (James D. G. Dunn)
Deification, or Theosis (Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen)
Roman Catholic (Gerald O?Collins and Oliver Rafferty)
In addition, editors James Beilby, Paul R. Eddy and Steven E. Enderlein provide an extensive introduction to the issues informing this important debate. This distinguished forum of biblical interpreters and theologians offers a lively and informative engagement with the biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of justification.Justification: Five Viewsis not only a fascinating probe into Paul?s meaning, it is also a case book in theological method.
Part One: Introduction Paul Rhodes Eddy, James K. Beilby and Steven E. Enderlein 1. Justification in Historical Perspective 2. Justification in Contemporary Debate
Part Two: Five Views of Justification 1. Traditional Reformed Michael S. Horton Responses: Progressive Reformed New Perspective Deification Roman Catholic
2. Progressive Reformed Michael F. Bird Responses: Traditional Reformed New Perspective Deification Roman Catholic
3. New Perspective James D. G. Dunn Responses: Traditional Reformed Progressive Reformed Deification Roman Catholic
4. Deification Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Responses: Traditional Reformed Progressive Reformed New Perspective Roman Catholic
5. Roman Catholic Gerald O?Collins S.J. and Oliver P. Rafferty Responses: Traditional Reformed Progressive Reformed New Perspective Deification
Contributors Author and Subject Index Scripture Index