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Five Views

ISBN13: 9780281067343

ISBN10: 0281067341

Publisher: SPCK

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  • For centuries the Pauline doctrine of justification has been a classic point of 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 book 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).

  • James K. Beilby


    James K. Beilby (Ph.D., Marquette University) is professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    His books includeWhy Bother With Truth? (with David Clark), Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views and The Meaning of the Atonement: Four Views (both with Paul Eddy), Naturalism Defeated?, For Faith and Clarity andEpistemology as Theology. His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Sophia and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.


    Paul R. Eddy

    Paul R. Eddy (Ph.D., Marquette University) is Professor of Theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His books include John Hick's Pluralist Philosophy of World Religions (Ashgate), Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology (with G. A. Boyd, Baker) and Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views (with James Beilby IVP).

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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."

     - Professor Alister E. McGrath, King's College London


    "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, yet also stepping back to cover the forest ably enough for the less initiated to appreciate what is at stake."

     - Professor 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, Karlclcainen, 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."

     - Professor Scot McKnight, North Park University


    "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."

     - Professor Roger E. Olson, Baylor University