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The Five Solas series looks at the declarations that formed the heart of the Protestant Reformation. In this volume, Faith Alone, Thomas Schreiner covers the doctrine of sola fide. He summarizes the history, outlines its biblical basis in both testaments, discusses whether justification is transformative or forensic, and addresses contemporary challenges.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310515785
ISBN-13: 9780310515784
Series: Five Solas

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Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the ’solas’: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory.

In Faith Alone—The Doctrine of Justification renowned biblical scholar Thomas Schreiner looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of justification. He summarizes the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of several of the Reformers. Then, he turns his attention to the Scriptures and walks readers through an examination of the key texts in the Old and New Testament. He discusses whether justification is transformative or forensic and introduces readers to some of the contemporary challenges to the Reformation teaching of sola fide, with particular attention to the new perspective on Paul.

Five hundred years after the Reformation, the doctrine of justification by faith alone still needs to be understood and proclaimed. In Faith Alone you will learn how the rallying cry of "sola fide" is rooted in the Scriptures and how to apply this sola in a fresh way in light of many contemporary challenges.

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Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament and associate dean of Scripture and interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The author of numerous books, he is the preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Matthew Barrett is Tutor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Oak Hill Theological College in London. He is the executive editor of Credo Magazine, as well as the author and editor of several books, including Salvation by Grace, Four Views on the Historical Adam, and Owen on the Christian Life.

 

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  1. Singapore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the best books by far, on the topic of Justification by Faith
    September 12, 2016
    Chris
    Singapore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the most fundamental tenants the christian faith is the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. That remains to be one of the sweetest promise and doctrine that God has offered to the world. As such, it should deservedly be proclaimed and defended with zeal and vigour. That is exactly what Thomas R. Schreiner has done in this book.

    Initially I was skeptical whether a book solely on faith alone would be something worth reading. I have been steeped in the reformed tradition and having read Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace by James Montgomery Boice, I was not sure if it was a topic that had warranted a book for it. Having read this book, I have to say that this book certainly deserves wide reading.

    Schreiner starts by giving a brief introduction to the doctrine of justification by faith alone and some objections that have been raised against this doctrine. Next, Schreiner tackles the first objection against the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Schreiner shows convincingly that justification by faith alone is not a 16th century discovery, rather it is doctrine that has known since the earliest church has exist. Schreiner then skilfully trace this doctrine through history and highlights several nuances of a few key christian leaders.

    Next, Schreiner shows readers how the bible teaches us justification is by faith alone. Within this section Schreiner goes to the original languages and highlights and explains key words. Schreiber demonstrates that a faithful reading of scripture will no doubt lead readers to the justification of faith.

    Lastly, Schreiner brings the readers up to date on contemporary arguments against justification by faith. Crucially Schreiner gives brief answers against N. T. Wrights New Perspective on Paul. Pastors who are new to the topic can have a quick overview on this issue through reading this book, but they will be wise to consult other book length responses written by the same author.

    All in all, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. He has accomplished what a good theological book should do, give readers a biblical and historical understanding of the topic and engages the readers with contemporary issues. Schreiner has set a very high standard for this series and I certainly look forward to the other 4 books in this series.

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great introduction to the doctrine of justification by faith alone and its significance
    November 28, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We are coming upon the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. It is fitting that a new series of books would highlight the five rallying cries of that movement.

    Faith alone sola fide declares our justification is by faith alone. Schreiner shows that justification by faith alone is the teaching of the Bible and is deeply rooted in the early church writers and theologians throughout church history. He shows it also makes sense in our Christian experience. He also looks at contemporary authors on the subject.

    He lays a foundation by defining terms. His historical section is not exhaustive as he looks at major theologians prior to the Reformation, major Reformation Protestants, and the Council of Trent. He covers the debate on Christ's work, whether it includes the forgiveness of sins and the imputation of righteousness or not.

    He reviews what the Bible says regarding justification, beginning with Paul, then the gospels and Acts. He covers the faith in Jesus Christ verses the faith of Jesus Christ issue. He explains justification in Paul's theology, critiquing many contemporary authors. He explores the meaning of righteousness and then the eschatological nature of justification in Paul's writings.

    He covers the complicated issue of whether God's righteousness is transformative or forensic. He argues for the forensic position, that is, a declaration. He shows that the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ is imputed to believers, addressing those who oppose the idea. He looks at the role of good works with respect to faith.

    He lastly answers contemporary challenges to sola fide, including the Catholic dialogs, the Joint Declaration, the ECT, Frank Beckwith's return to Catholicism, and N. T. Wright's New Perspective on Paul.

    I really appreciated Schreiner's argument that the verdict of justification is effective. Sinners who trust in Christ are truly righteous before God. That righteousness is not of themselves but in Jesus Christ. They are righteous because they are united to Jesus Christ and he is their righteousness. This righteousness is no legal fiction. Christ's righteousness has been imputed to believers. We are truly right in God's sight by faith alone!

    This is a very good introduction to justification by faith, including an exploration of the doctrine. Those looking for a review of the topic, including history, the Bible, and theology will appreciate this book. It is a bit academic, with tons of footnotes, but serious laypeople will be able to follow the text well. There is an extensive Bibliography included for those who would like to study the subject further.

    I highly recommend this book to those who want to know what justification by faith alone really means and how it affects their spiritual life.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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