Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls, The: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective

Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls, The: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective

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Barrett, Matthew (Editor) | Crossway


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Contributions by: Gerald Bray, Robert J. Cara, Chris Castaldo, Brandon D. Crowe, Leonardo De Chirico, J. V. Fesko, Korey D. Maas, Jason C. Meyer, Andy Naselli, Sam Storms, Mark D. Thompson, David VanDrunen, Willem A. VanGemeren, Stephen J. Wellum, Matthew Barrett, Brian Vickers, Stephen G. Dempster, Allan Harman, Timo Laato, Dan McCartney, R. Lucas Stamps, David Shaw, Nick Needham, Bruce Baugus

Many factors contributed to the Protestant Reformation, but one of the most significant was the debate over the doctrine of justification by faith alone. In fact, Martin Luther argued that justification is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls.

This comprehensive volume of 26 essays from a host of scholars explores the doctrine of justification from the lenses of history, the Bible, theology, and pastoral practice—revealing the enduring significance of this pillar of Protestant theology.

960 pages

Table of Contents:

 I. Justification in Biblical Perspective

1. “He Believed the Lord” 
The Pedigree of Justification in the Pentateuch (Stephen Dempster)

2. Singing and Living Justification by Faith Alone
The Psalms and the Wisdom Literature (Allan Harman)

3. Salvation Is the Lord’s
Prophetic Perspectives (Willem VanGemeren)

4. Setting the Record Straight 
Second Temple Judaism and Works-Righteousness (Robert J. Cara)

5. What Does Justification Have To Do with the Gospels? (Brian Vickers)

6. The Righteous God Righteously Righteouses the Unrighteous
Justification according to Romans (Andrew David Naselli)

7. By Grace You Have Been Saved through Faith
Justification in the Pauline Epistles (Brandon Crowe)

8. An Epistle of Straw? 
Reconciling James with Paul (Dan McCartney)

9. The New Quest for Paul
A Critique of the New Perspective on Paul (Timo Laato)

10. What’s Next?
Justification after the New Perspective (David A. Shaw)

II. Justification in Theological Perspective

11. “Behold, the Lamb of God”
Theology Proper and the Inseparability of Penal-Substitutionary Atonement from Forensic Justification and Imputation (Stephen J. Wellum)

12. Raised for Our Justification
The Christological, Covenantal, Forensic, and Eschatological Contours of an Ambiguous Relationship (Matthew Barrett)

13. The Theology of Justification by Faith
The Theological Case for Sola Fide (Mark Thompson)

14. The Passive and Active Obedience of Christ 
Retrieving a Biblical Distinction (Brandon Crowe)

15. A Contested Union 
Union with Christ and the Justification Debate (David VanDrunen)

16. Faith Works
Properly Understanding the Relationship between Justification and Sanctification (Luke Stamps)

17. Justification, the Law, and the New Covenant (Jason Meyer)

III. Justification in Church History 

18. Reformation Invention or Historic Orthodoxy? 
Justification in the Fathers (Gerald Bray)

19. The Evolution of Justification 
Justification in the Medieval Traditions (Nick Needham)

20. Can This Bird Fly?
The Reformation as Reaction to the Via Moderna’s Covenantal, Voluntarist Justification Theology (Matthew Barrett)

21. The First and Chief Article
Luther’s Discovery of Sola Fide and Its Controversial Reception in Lutheranism (Korey Maas)

22. The Ground of Religion
Justification according to the Reformed Tradition (J. V. Fesko)

23. Not by Faith Alone? 
An Analysis of the Roman Catholic Doctrine of Justification from Trent to the Joint Declaration (Leonardo De Chirico)

24. The Eclipse of Justification 
Justification during the Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment Eras (Bruce Baugus)

IV. Justification in Pastoral Practice

25. Reformed Theology and Conversion 
Attractions and Repulsions to Rome (Chris Castaldo)

26. The Ground on Which We Stand 
The Necessity of Justification for Pastoral Ministry 
(Sam Storms)

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