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Now with a new introduction

John Piper and others have criticized N. T. Wright's views on justification as destructive to the integrity of Paul's message. Justification contains Wright's response to this critique. Offering a lucid analysis of the "new perspective," he clarifies misunderstandings, clearly articulates his views on first-century Judaism and justification, and provides a thorough exegesis of Paul's epistles, including Galatians and Romans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 279
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830851399
ISBN-13: 9780830851393

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Few issues are more central to the Christian faith than the nature, scope and means of salvation. Many have thought it to be largely a transaction that gets one to heaven. In this riveting book, N. T. Wright explains that God's salvation is radically more than this. At the heart of much vigorous debate on this topic is the term the apostle Paul uses in several of his letters to describe what happens to those in Christ— justification. Paul uses this dramatic image from the law court to declare that Christians are acquitted of the cosmic accusations against them. But justification goes beyond this in Paul's writings to offer a vision of God's future for the whole world as well as for his people. Here in one place Wright now offers a comprehensive account and defense of his perspective on this crucial doctrine. With anew introduction, he provides a sweeping overview of the central points in the debate before launching into a thorough explanation of the key texts in Paul's writings. While fully cognizant of tradition and controversy, the final authority for his conclusions is the letters of Paul themselves. Along the way Wright responds to critics, such as John Piper, who have challenged what has come to be called the New Perspective. For Wright, what Paul means by justification is nothing less than God's unswerving commitment to the covenant promise he made to bless the whole world through Abraham and his family. This irenic response is an important contribution for those on both sides of the debate—and those still in between—to consider. Whether you're a fan of Wright's work or have read his critics and would like to know the other side of the story, here is a chance to interact with Wright's views on the issues at stake and form your own conclusions.

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A prolific writer of both scholarly and popular books, N. T. Wright has written over thirty books, including Simply Christian, The Original Jesus, What Saint Paul Really Said, The Challenge of Jesus, The Meaning of Jesus, Jesus and the Victory of God and the magisterial Paul and the Faithfulness of God. His N. T. Wright For Everyone Series includes commentaries covering the entire New Testament.

Formerly bishop of Durham in England, Wright is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Gregorian University in Rome and many other institutions around the world.

In addition to his many books, Wright reaches a broad audience through his frequent media appearances. A sought-after commentator, Wright writes frequently for newspapers in England, including the Times, the Independent and the Guardian. He has been interviewed numerous times by radio and television broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic, including ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR.

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  1. JasonS
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 5, 2009
    JasonS
    This review was written for Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision.
    There's much to be said about Justification that cannot be said in a book review. Let it be said that the New Perspective on Paul is under fire. John Piper fired a huge round when he wrote Counted Righteous in Christ & The Future of Justification. Piper is no light-weight expositor, but should be taken seriously. Wright has done so in many ways. This is Wright's response.First,the good. There is much good in this book. Wright has much knowledge and experience as an exegete. This is obvious as one reads Justification. Wright also seeks to be true to the Scripture. Even those who disagree with him must admit the fact of Wright's seriousness when he approaches God's Word. What impresses me the most is the fact that behind the disagreement, Piper and Wright have two huge things in common. They both believe that God is working in this world to manifest His glory. They also both believe in the unity of the Bible.It is the commitment to the unity of the Bible that most impresses me about Wright. He simply seeks to relate everything. Indeed, everything in the Bible is related. Wright has worked hard to harmonize the various texts that are relevant to the discussion of justification.The not so good: Wright is not always as charitable to those with whom he disagrees as one should be. His opening comparison between Old Perspective believers and geocentrists was not wise. It could serve to alienate many whom he desires to reach.Wright also at times does not seem to quite get the point of Piper. While he states that Piper misses his points (and I think that is indeed possible), he misses Piper's points, too.In the end, it's simply an amazing work. What saddens me the most is that Piper and Wright both could probably sit down together and work through much of this issue. Piper is right that imputed righteousness cannot be diminished. Wright is correct in seeking to bring the writings of Paul into their covenantal perspective.
  2. Mike Justice
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 9, 2009
    Mike Justice
    This review was written for Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision.
    Well written and very interesting though sometimes hard to understand. I have not read Piper's book yet but will after I finish this one.
  3. Robert Horne- Jr.
    San Antonio, Texas
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 8, 2009
    Robert Horne- Jr.
    San Antonio, Texas
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    This review was written for Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision.
    This is a must read for those who are willing to look for truth rather than accept dogma without thought. If we are serious about our faith then we must be willing to regularly return to the springs of our faith. Wright is leading us to do that
  4. Jeremy Myers
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 30, 2009
    Jeremy Myers
    This review was written for Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision.
    This book is N.T. Wrights attempt to explain once again his view on Pauls use of justification. The most amazing feature is the Biblical paradigm shift that Wright presents to his readers regarding justification. His basic view is that justification is Gods law-court declaration that a person is in right standing (so far, so good) with Gods covenant. Its that covenant part that raises questions, particularly since Wrights definition of justification does away with the doctrine of imputed righteousness. Wright does not believe that through justification we receive the righteousness of Christ (p. 135). And yet, what Wright takes away with one hand, he gives back with another. Wright argues that issues related to deliverance from the penalty and power of sin in our lives come through resurrection, not through justification (pp. 231-235). This, however, though a major doctrine, is a minor point in Wrights book. His main concern is to show how his view of justification makes more sense of the Pauline passages that speak of it. And with this, he is more than a conqueror. If, for example, youve ever struggled with what Romans 9-11 has to do with the rest of the letter, Wrights view makes these chapters not only fit within the flow of Pauls argument, but actually become the pinnacle and the climax of Romans. Wrights strength in this is due to his insistence on reading the biblical text, not with twenty-first century eyes and sixteenth-century questions, but with first-century eyes and first-century questions. This, it seems to me, is the best way to read and study Scripture, and Wright does an excellent job leading the way.If you want to understand some of the nuances to the current debate on justification, I recommend this book. If, however, you want to understand the thought flow of some of Pauls letters (like Galatians, Ephesians, and Romans), this book must not be ignored. Take it up, and read.
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