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Justification:
What's at stake in the Current Debates (ed. Mark Husbands & D. Trier)

Leicester: Apollos, 2004

Blurb Review by Dr Rohintan Mody

Blurb

Justification is not just one word among many, but 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 well chronicled. In this book, noted evangelical scholars and teachers 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. This book contains a wealth of very helpful material on justification and is particularly recommended for D. A. Carson's response to Robert Gundry's denial of the imputation of Christ's righteousness. The introduction helpfully summarises the essays and provides a good orientation to the book.

Contents

Introduction

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 on 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 Doctrine 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 ENDEAVOUR
8. Twofold Righteousness: A Key to the Doctrine of Justification? Reflections on Article 5 of the Regensburg Colloquy (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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