Justification: What’s at Stake in the Current Debates

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In April 2003 het die twee redakteurs ‘n konferensie by Wheaton oor dié onderwerp gereël en ‘n aantal teoloë wat in dié veld werk, genooi om insette te maak. Hoewel die konferensie gereël is deur die evangikale teoloë, is die lys van medewerkers baie indrukwekkend: oa Geoffrey Wainwright, Bruce McCormick, Robert Gundry, DA Carson, Tony Lane en Paul Molnar. Hulle het die eintlike doel van die gesprek baie raak geformuleer: “(we) took up the question whether imputed righteousness is fictive, forensic or transformative.”
Die gedagtes was dat daar aan die leerstuk van die regverdigmaking van vier kante vrae gevra word:

  • Van die van Bybelse Teologie (die eerste twee artikels van Robert Gundry en DA Carson);
  • Vanuit die huidige “krisis” in protestantse dogmatiek rondom die  saak (McCormick en Zigler);
  • Van die kant van historiese teologie (spesifiek Lutherse, gereformeerde, Anglikaanse en Weslyiaanse perspektiewe) en
  • Vanuit die ekumene (WainWright se uitstekende artikel)

‘n Baie interessante boek!

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:
• Does the doctrine of imputation of Christ’s righteousness need to be rethought, or does it faithfully reflect biblical teaching?
• How should the faith and transformation of the believer be understood in connection with our justification?
• What is the connection between our union with Christ and justification?
• What can we learn from Lutheran, Wesleyan and Anglican perspectives on justification?
• What does the Lutheran-Catholic Joint Declaration of 1999 contribute to current ecumenical discussions, and what prospects are there for real theological and ecclesiological reconciliation?
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. (IVP Website)

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