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Though other factors were present, the doctrine of justification was the primary theological impetus of Martin Luther's conflict with the 16th Century Roman Catholic Church. With it he began a movement that fundamentally reshaped the western hemisphere ecclesiastically, politically, and socially.

In the 21st Century, debate about this doctrine both within and outside of Protestantism continues and was sharply spurred by E.P. Sanders' 1977 book Paul and Palestinian Judaism. Since then many have followed Sanders' work and developed the doctrine more specifically in line with historical research. Others have pursued theological expressions of the doctrine, and still others have challenged the newer views defending the traditional Protestant doctrine of 'justification by faith'.

In Justification: Five Views all of these positions are represented by leading proponents, and then rebutted in detail by those who hold differing views. Michael S. Horton presents the Reformed view, Michael F. Bird the 'progressive Reformed view, James Dunn presents the 'New Perspective', and Veli-Matti Karkkainen presents the view of "participation in God" also known as "theosis". Finally, Gerald O'Collins and Oliver Rafferty present the Roman Catholic view.

Justification, while dealing with an issue of technical doctrine refrains from using overly technical terms and though the information is often complex, is accessible to all readers.

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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 Views is not only a fascinating probe into Paul's meaning, it is also a case book in theological method.

Author Bio

James K. Beilby (Ph.D., Marquette University) is professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His books include (with David Clark), and (both with Paul Eddy), and . His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as and Paul R. Eddy (Ph.D., Marquette University) is Professor of Theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His books include (Ashgate), (with G. A. Boyd, Baker) and (with James Beilby IVP). Steven E. Enderlein is associate professor of biblical studies at Bethel University. Horton (Ph.D., Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and the University of Coventry) is associate professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. He has also studied at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg and was a research fellow at Yale University. In addition, he is a past president of Christians United for Reformation, current president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, host of the White Horse Inn radio broadcast and editor of Horton's other works include (1991), (1994), (1995), (1998), (Baker, 2002) and (Westminster/John Knox, 2002). Michael F. Bird is lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. Previously he served at Crossway College in Australia and Highland Theological College in Scotland. He is the author of several books, including and as well as numerous essays, articles and reviews. James D. G. Dunn was for many years the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham. Since his retirement he has been made Emeritus Lightfoot Professor. He is credited with coining the phrase "New Perspective on Paul" during his 1982 Manson Memorial Lecture. Veli-Matti Karkkainen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has published numerous articles in international journals of theology. His books include (Baker), (Baker), (UPA), (InterVarsity Press), (Ashgate), (Baker) and (Liturgical Press).

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A wonderfully useful book. After a superb historical survey of the issues to be debated, five influential approaches to the doctrine of justification by faith are presented and defended by credible and engaging representatives. I can think of no better introduction to these important debates than this outstanding volume.
-Alister E. McGrath,
King's College, London

No single volume could possibly cover all Christian views of the doctrine of justification. Justification: Five Views courageously selects five contemporary views and helpfully presents and critiques them. Each view is expounded and defended by a leading proponent and then critiqued by other contributors. Anyone interested in the current discussion about this crucial Christian doctrine must read this book. It sheds more light than heat in an area of theology almost burned over by heated polemics. Of all the 'views' books out there, this is one of the best.
-Roger E. Olson,
professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

Beilby and Eddy have raised the bar with regard to this multiple views genre, this time bringing together world-renowned scholars and theologians to engage a very hot topic. Reading Justification: Five Views is like being treated to five books by five masters of their craft, each going deep into the details at times but yet also stepping back to cover the forest ably enough for the less initiated to appreciate what is at stake. A must-read for those interested in the ecumenical implications of the doctrine of justification.
-Amos Yong,
Regent University School of Divinity

Of all the multiple views books, this one was needed most. It is also perhaps the best yet: getting Horton, Dunn, Bird, Kärkkäinen, O'Collins and Rafferty all at the table at the same time under the same roof is both a tour de force and a brilliant example of how their interaction can teach each of us. One word is needed most for the justification debate at work among (mostly) evangelicals, the word listen, and if you listen to the pages of this book you will see examples of not listening and listening. The challenge remains for all of us: will we listen again to the Scriptures to hear what it says about justification? Or will we impose our systems of thought on the Bible?
-Scot McKnight,
North Park University

Editorial Reviews

""[T]his volume is well worth reading, and it is appropriate for students and scholars. The editors have done a fabulous job in organizing the material and assembling an all-star lineup. Readers will not be disappointed with this excellent resource."
"Of all the multiple views books, this one was needed most. It is also perhaps the best yet: getting Horton, Dunn, Bird, Kärkkäinen, O'Collins and Rafferty all at the table at the same time under the same roof is both a tour de force and a brilliant example of how their interaction can teach each of us. One word is needed most for the justification debate at work among (mostly) evangelicals, the word listen, and if you listen to the pages of this book you will see examples of not listening and listening. The challenge remains for all of us: will we listen again to the Scriptures to hear what it says about justification? Or will we impose our systems of thought on the Bible?"
"Beilby and Eddy have raised the bar with regard to this multiple views genre, this time bringing together world-renowned scholars and theologians to engage a very hot topic. Reading Justification: Five Views is like being treated to five books by five masters of their craft, each going deep into the details at times but yet also stepping back to cover the forest ably enough for the less initiated to appreciate what is at stake. A must-read for those interested in the ecumenical implications of the doctrine of justification."
"No single volume could possibly cover all Christian views of the doctrine of justification. Justification: Five Views courageously selects five contemporary views and helpfully presents and critiques them. Each view is expounded and defended by a leading proponent and then critiqued by other contributors. Anyone interested in the current discussion about this crucial Christian doctrine must read this book. It sheds more light than heat in an area of theology almost burned over by heated polemics. Of all the 'views' books out there, this is one of the best."
"A wonderfully useful book. After a superb historical survey of the issues to be debated, five influential approaches to the doctrine of justification by faith are presented and defended by credible and engaging representatives. I can think of no better introduction to these important debates than this outstanding volume."
"The strength of this text is realized from the concise and scholarly documentation of each contributor. The reader will greatly benefit by learning the diverse views of justification. Most importantly the text will aid students to better defend their personal position of justification. The editors did achieve their formula for a good multiple-views book: it addresses an important theological issue, the debate is clearly defined, and the conversation represents positions that are distinct from each other."

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    Justification: Five Views. Edited by James K. Beilby & Paul Rhodes Eddy. InterVarsity Press, 2011. 319 pp. $25.00. ISBN 978-0-8308-3944-5.

    The Biblical teaching about justification is often portrayed as one of the most important biblical doctrines, and not without reason. Many Christians consider justification before God to be synonymous with salvation, and if this is the case, then it is primordial to have a proper understanding of what the Bible teaches about justification. Furthermore, there are many different explanations of justification, all of which purport to be the proper understanding of justification. Not only do Protestants and Catholics differ on their views of justification, but within protestant circles there are many different ways of understanding the doctrine of justification. For these reasons this book is a welcome addition to the library of any person who truly wishes to wrestle with what it means to be justified before God and by God. In this review we will first consider the purpose of this book, and how it is organized. We will then give a brief survey of the contributors and the views that they present. Finally we will note the advantages and disadvantages of the book. Due to the nature of this type of book, we will not interact with the many views that are presented in the book.

    This book is part of InterVarsity Press's Spectrum Multiview books series. The purpose of this series is to present a dialogue between the numerous views that have gained popularity in Christianity, concerning important theological and apologetical subjects. The purpose of this particular book is to create a dialogue between the proponents of 5 important views on the question of Justification. Each view is presented by a scholar who advocates the view in question, and each main presentation is followed by the reactions of the scholars who hold the other views that are included in the book. The book is edited by Paul R. Eddy and James K. Beilby with the assistance of Steven E. Enderlein. The editors of this book begin by giving two introductions to the subject of justification, which help to situate the reader in the contemporary debate. The first chapter is a historical survey of the doctrine of justification, beginning with the early church fathers and bringing the reader up to the modern debate. The second chapter is a survey and introduction to the contemporary debate, and overview of the primary developments that have moved the debate forward. Following the two introductions there are 5 views that are presented by reputable scholars who adhere to the views that they present.

    The first view to be presented, in chapter 3, is Michael S. Horton's presentation of his understanding of the Traditional Reformed view. Horton begins his chapter by explaining the historical background of the reformation view of Justification, over against the Roman Catholic condemnation of the reformer's at Trent. He defines the reformed view, first, by comparing it with the declarations of Trent, and, later, by responding to the exegetical challenges brought to the reformed view by a number of the proponents of the New Perspective on Paul.

    In chapter 4 Michael F. Bird presents his understanding of what has been called the Progressive Reformed View. He begins by noting that he considers himself a reformed theologian, but that he thinks that it is important for reformed theologians to integrate some of the claims of recent exegetical work into their theology. He describes his view by comparing it with the traditional reformed view, and this by giving an exegesis of justification in Galatians, and then justification in Romans. He then turns to a critical examination of the notion of imputation as held by traditional reformed thinkers, and follows this up with an analysis of the relationship between justification and works as seen in a comparison of the writings of Paul and James. Interestingly enough, aside from a few disagreements, Michael Horton thinks that Bird exaggerates the differences between Bird's view and the Traditional reformed view.

    In chapter 5 James D. G. Dunn presents his own version of the New Perspective on Paul view. James D. G. Dunn begins by noting that he also considers himself to be a reformed theologian, and gives an overview of what he considers to be the 4 main contentions of the New Perspective. His article is an explanation of the four main contentions.

    This is followed, in chapter 6, by Veli-Matti Karkkainen's presentation of the Deification view. Karkkainen's presentation explains the recent developments in the Lutheran view of justification, through their contact with the Orthodox Church, and their involvement in the Lutheran-Catholic discussions. He defends the view that the best way to understand salvation is by the orthodox view of justification as Theosis. He begins by explaining developments in the Finnish school of Lutheran theology. This is followed by an examination of the Catholic-Lutheran joint agreement on Justification. He concludes with an analytical section that seeks to provide a direction for future discussion on justification.

    The book is wrapped up, in chapter 7, with an essay by Gerald O'Collins and Oliver P. Rafferty who present their understanding of the Roman Catholic view of justification. The essay is divided into two parts. The first part is written by Rafferty, who gives an explanation of the Catholic view of justification. This is done by a historical overview of the many views that have been held by Catholic theologians throughout history, and concludes with an explanation of the declaration of the Council of Trent. The second part of the essay is written by O'Collins, and is an auto-biographical sketch of how O'Collins' views of justification were moulded, through contact with Catholic and Protestant theologians.

    This book is a great introduction to the subject of justification. It is well-written, by well-known scholars who provide a large amount of references for further study. The book comes with an author and subject index, as well as a scripture index, both of which are important for research purposes. The introductions to the subject of justification that are provided by the editors are an invaluable source of information. Furthermore, the dialogue that is created by the presentation and replies is invaluable for a proper understanding of the views presented. The book is not, of course, perfect. My primary difficulty with this book is that it seems a little unbalanced that three of the five views presented are presented by reformed theologians. Their respective views are important, and due to the variety of views in the reformed camp alone, perhaps it would have been better to do a book entitled "Justification in Reformed theology: three or four views". In my opinion this book would have profited from the presence of a traditional Arminian view, a traditional Lutheran view and a traditional orthodox view of justification, rather than three variations of the reformed view, and a hybrid between the Lutheran, Orthodox and Catholic views. All in all this book was a wonderful introduction to the contemporary debate on justification, and I would highly recommend it to anybody who wishes to learn more about the subject.
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