Justification, Volume 1 (New Studies In Dogmatic Theology Series)
The doctrine of justification stands at the center of our systematic reflection on the meaning of salvation as well as our piety, mission, and life together. In his two-volume work on the doctrine of justification, Michael Horton seeks not simply...
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The doctrine of justification stands at the center of our systematic reflection on the meaning of salvation as well as our piety, mission, and life together. In his two-volume work on the doctrine of justification, Michael Horton seeks not simply to repeat noble doctrinal formulas and traditional proof texts, but to encounter the remarkable biblical justification texts in conversation with the provocative proposals that, despite a wide range of differences, have reignited the contemporary debates around justification.
Volume 1 engages in a descriptive task - an exercise in historical theology exploring the doctrine of justification from the patristic era to the Reformation. Broadening the scope, Horton explores patristic discussions of justification under the rubric of the "great exchange." He provides a map for contemporary discussions of justification, identifying and engaging his principal interlocutors: Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Gabriel Biel, and the magisterial reformers. Observing the assimilation of justification to the doctrine of penance in medieval theology, especially via Peter Lombard, the work studies the transformations of the doctrine through Aquinas, Scotus and the nominalists leading up to the era of the Reformation and the Council of Trent. He concludes his first study by examining the hermeneutical and theological significance of the Reformers' understanding of the law and the gospel and the resultant covenantal scheme that became formative in Reformed theology. This then opens the door to the constructive task of volume 2 - to investigate the biblical doctrine of justification in light of contemporary exegesis.
Michael Horton (PhD, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and the University of Coventry) is Professor of Apologetics and Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, California. He is the author of a number of books including Covenant and Eschatology, The Divine Drama, Lord and Servant: A Covenant Christology, Covenant and Salvation: Union with Christ and most recently Christless Christianity:The Alternative Gospel of the American Church. A prolific author, he is also the host of The White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated radio program, and editor of Modern Reformation magazine.
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Dr. Scott R. Swain (PhD.,Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, FL. Before joining the RTS faculty, Scott taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Scott seeks to fuel a passion for evangelical theology ? theology done according to the gospel ? in the classroom and the church. He is the author of God according to the Gospel: Biblical Narrative and the Identity of God in the Theology of Robert W. Jenson, Father, Son, and Spirit: The Trinity and Johns Gospel (co-author with Andreas Kostenberger), and Invitation to Biblical Interpretation (co-author with Andreas Kostenberger and Richard Patterson). -Editorial Review.