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The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls:  Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective HB

The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective HB

By: Matthew Barrett

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Publisher Crossway
Year 2019
ISBN 9781433555411


The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective.

Forward by D. A. Carson 

Many factors contributed to the Protestant Reformation, but one of the most significant was the debate over the doctrine of justification by faith alone. In fact, Martin Luther argued that justification is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls. This comprehensive volume of 26 essays from a host of scholars explores the doctrine of justification from the lenses of history, the Bible, theology, and pastoral practice—revealing the enduring significance of this pillar of Protestant theology.


Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine and the host of the Credo Podcast. He is the author of several books, including None Greater; 40 Questions About Salvation; God’s Word Alone; and Owen on the Christian Life. He is the editor of The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls and Reformation Theology.

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations
Foreword (D. A. Carson)
The Foolishness of Justification
(Matthew Barrett)

Part One
Justification in Biblical Perspective

  1. “He Believed the Lord” 
    The Pedigree of Justification in the Pentateuch 
    (Stephen Dempster)
  2. Singing and Living Justification by Faith Alone
    The Psalms and the Wisdom Literature 
    (Allan Harman)
  3. Salvation Is the Lord’s
    Prophetic Perspectives 
    (Willem VanGemeren)
  4. Setting the Record Straight
    Second Temple Judaism and Works Righteousness 
    (Robert J. Cara)
  5. What Does Justification Have to Do with the Gospels? 
    (Brian Vickers)
  6. The Righteous God Righteously Righteouses the Unrighteous
    Justification according to Romans 
    (Andrew David Naselli)
  7. By Grace You Have Been Saved through Faith
    Justification in the Pauline Epistles 
    (Brandon Crowe)
  8. An Epistle of Straw? 
    Reconciling James and Paul 
    (Dan McCartney)
  9. The New Quest for Paul
    A Critique of the New Perspective on Paul 
    (Timo Laato)
  10. What’s Next?
    Justification after the New Perspective 
    (David A. Shaw)

Part Two
Justification in Theological Perspective

  1. “Behold, the Lamb of God”
    Theology Proper and the Inseparability of Penal-Substitutionary Atonement from Forensic Justification and Imputation
    (Stephen J. Wellum)
  2. Raised for Our Justification
    The Christological, Covenantal, Forensic, and Eschatological Contours of an Ambiguous Relationship
    (Matthew Barrett)
  3. The Theology of Justification by Faith
    The Theological Case for Sola Fide 
    (Mark Thompson)
  4. The Passive and Active Obedience of Christ 
    Retrieving a Biblical Distinction 
    (Brandon Crowe)
  5. A Contested Union 
    Union with Christ and the Justification Debate
    (David VanDrunen)
  6. Faith Works
    Properly Understanding the Relationship between Justification and Sanctification 
    (R. Lucas Stamps)
  7. Justification, the Law, and the New Covenant 
    (Jason Meyer)

Part Three
Justification in Church History 

  1. Reformation Invention or Historic Orthodoxy? 
    Justification in the Fathers
    (Gerald Bray)
  2. The Evolution of Justification 
    Justification in the Medieval Traditions
    (Nick Needham)
  3. Can This Bird Fly?
    The Reformation as Reaction to the Via Moderna’s Covenantal, Voluntarist Justification Theology 
    (Matthew Barrett)
  4. The First and Chief Article
    Luther’s Discovery of Sola Fide and Its Controversial Reception in Lutheranism 
    (Korey Maas)
  5. The Ground of Religion
    Justification according to the Reformed Tradition
    (J. V. Fesko)
  6. Not by Faith Alone?
    An Analysis of the Roman Catholic Doctrine of Justification from Trent to the Joint Declaration
    (Leonardo De Chirico)
  7. The Eclipse of Justification 
    Justification during the Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment Eras
    (Bruce P. Baugus)

Part Four
Justification in Pastoral Practice

  1. Justification and Conversion 
    Attractions and Repulsions to Rome 
    (Chris Castaldo)
  2. The Ground on Which We Stand 
    The Necessity of Justification for Pastoral Ministry 
    (Sam Storms)

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