Justification: Five Views

Justification Five Views Therefore since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ Rom When Paul wrote these words he seemed confident he had made himself clear But for centuri

  • Title: Justification: Five Views
  • Author: James K. Beilby Paul Rhodes Eddy Steven E. Enderlein Michael S. Horton Michael F. Bird James D.G. Dunn Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Gerald O'Collins
  • ISBN: 9780830839445
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 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 K rkk inen 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 Views is not only a fascinating probe into Paul s meaning, it is also a case book in theological method.

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    1. This book is a traditional "multiple views" tome, with two introductory chapters by the editors (professors from a generally Reformed Baptist university), followed by each of the five views writing an essay and the other four responding to each essay. There is no overview of the views or conclusion by the editors.1. Michael S. Horton represents the "traditional reformed" view. (He might prefer the moniker "confessional".)2. Michael F. Bird writes for the "progressive reformed" view. This might b [...]

    2. Multi-view debate books have become a major publication genre, and, as many have noted, it is high time that one was released on the doctrine of justification. That such a publication is sorely needed today is indicated by at least two factors: the subject's importance, and the assortment of disagreements it generates. As to the former, John Calvin said that justification by faith was so important that "wherever the knowledge of it is taken away, the glory of Christ is extinguished, religion abo [...]

    3. Several weekends ago I received from IVP to review the much anticipated and recently talked about Justification: Five Views. This is a highly significant book and comes at a highly significant point in Christian theological discourse. For the past decade a conversation has been raging, one that actually had begun several decades beforehand—or several centuries in some ways (i.e. Reformation!). It has to do with the question "How do we become right with God," which is also about the doctrine o [...]

    4. A good introduction to the New Perspective on Paul, traditional Reformed theology and the Finnish School's interpretation of Luther. I found the interaction between the latter as well as the Catholic contributions to be lacking. Michael Horton, Michael Bird and James Dunn all seem to be pre-occupied with their own views on Paul's theology. The gospels as well as writings from James, Peter and John are only briefly treated. The first two chapters of the book do give a very helpful introduction in [...]

    5. This multi-view book on justification begins with two historical essays followed by two Reformed views, a New Perspective view, a deification view, and a Roman Catholic view. The opening historical essays by Beilby and Eddy do a competent job of providing the historical background and outlining the terms of the debate. In a multiple views book, this introductory material is helpful, especially for those who are using the book as an introduction to this issue. The essays by Michael Horton, James [...]

    6. Although I found this book quite fascinating, I have to admit I'm also a bit embarrassed by its existence. In a line that resonates deeply with me, Karl Barth writes in Church Dogmatics that every schism in the Church is a scandal. If that's the case then it would appear that this book, along with the others in the "Five Views" series, offers a multiplicity of scandals. There's a sense where Christians ought to be deeply ashamed that a book like this exists. I wonder, is there any verse more com [...]

    7. This book is very good introduction to the modern debates on justification. Five authors present five different views:* Traditional Reformed - Michael Horton* Progressive Reformed - Michael Bird* New Perspective - James Dunn* Deification - Veli-Matti Karkkainen* Roman Catholic - Gerald O' Collins and Oliver P. RaffertyWithout giving too much detail, here are my thoughts. * Eddy and Beilby's (editors) introduction, "Justification in Historical Perspective," is worth the price of the book. This on [...]

    8. Thanks to some strong chapters (Traditional Reformed, Progressive Reformed, New Perspective), this book is a good overview of the major positions on justification within Protestantism today. Horton, Bird, and Dunn do an excellent job of arguing for their views exegetically and of actually interacting with one another in substantive ways.The weakest chapters are those by the Roman Catholic and the Deification (Eastern Orthodox) proponents. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen argues that some interpretations [...]

    9. Good introduction into the current state of affairs in the justification debate.Horton has the strongest grasp on historical theology of all the authors. His biggest concern is NT Wright's flavor on the NPP. Hold's strongly to the active/passive obedience distinction with regard to imputation.Bird is just excellent, providing a good middle way between Old and New Perspectives.Dunn presents a good summary of the NPP and does the best just incorporating the original context and Jew/Gentiles relati [...]

    10. Gained an appreciation for the progressive reformed view through this book. All of the scholars are pretty friendly toward each other, but I could sense a consensus developing against the traditional reformed view.Some of it is not very engaging or readable. It is interesting to contrast certain writing styles.

    11. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is a great introduction to the topic of justification, and a must read for anyone who is interested in this subject. See my blog (philosopherdhaines) anytime after August 20, 2013 for a full review of this book.

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