Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification

Iustitia Dei A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification The Christian doctrine of justification continues to be of major importance in modern ecumenical discussions In fact this book became the leading reference work on the subject after its initial publi

  • Title: Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification
  • Author: Alister E. McGrath
  • ISBN: 9780521533898
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Christian doctrine of justification continues to be of major importance in modern ecumenical discussions In fact, this book became the leading reference work on the subject after its initial publication in 1986 This third edition thoroughly updates previous editions by adding new material and responding to the latest developments in scholarly literature The volume sThe Christian doctrine of justification continues to be of major importance in modern ecumenical discussions In fact, this book became the leading reference work on the subject after its initial publication in 1986 This third edition thoroughly updates previous editions by adding new material and responding to the latest developments in scholarly literature The volume s many acclaimed features include a detailed assessment of the semantic background of the concept in the ancient Near East, a thorough examination of the doctrine of the medieval period, and especially careful analysis of its development during the critical years of the sixteenth century.

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    1. This book is a history of the Christian doctrine of justification. The purpose of this book is to show that the development of the Reformation doctrine of justification as a legal imputation of righteousness was a fundamental shift from the Catholic view of justification. It also shows the separation of sanctification from justification resulted in a paradigm shift in the Church. McGrath begins with the assertion that medieval theology was thoroughly Augustinian, and the primary aim of medieval [...]

    2. Highly disappointing! He has an important discussion the righteousness of God in the opening chapter, but there is not much after this. I would wait to read this after you have learned Latin, there are many places you will get lost without it (at least I was). This book falls trap to much of what I despise in historical theology: lists of names and beliefs without contexts. I feel that historical theology should be more of interacting with texts and showing what they believed and why; a broad sw [...]

    3. I only got about half way through and had to stop. Really good book, but incredibly dense. Unfortunately I don't speak Latin and so it was just too far over my head, as Latin sentences are frequently included and they are completely untranslated. This would be much more readable, and many more laymen like myself would get so much out of it if the Latin was translated. Furthermore the Kindle edition didn't include the section on the new perspective on Paul, which is part of the reason I wanted to [...]

    4. An excellent history of the doctrine of justification, from St. Augustine, who first developed it in the west, to the theologians of the twentieth century. The second edition is pretty hardcore (lots of untranslated Greek, Latin, and German), but the third edition is more accessible, with primary sources translated into English. I highly recommend this for anyone of a theological bent seeking to understand the core doctrine of the Protestant Reformation, which continues to divide many Protestant [...]

    5. McGrath at his best. He worked on it for 10 years and came up with a comprehensive treatment that suffers from over-reliance on secondary sources. He gets Augustine wrong on double predestination and portrays Luther as an uncompromising fatalist whose tradition was rescued by Melanchthon. Despite these two gross errors he does a thorough job and clearly shows the different conceptions of faith between the patristic and protestant eras. The modern views of justification receive a thorough treatme [...]

    6. This book was informative but very tedious in its detailed recitation of all the historical variations of the doctrine of justification. Although I got through the book, I was very happy when it was over. This book is probably best appreciated by professors of theology (of which I am not one). It makes cogitating about how many angels can stand on the head of a pin seem interesting by comparison. It is, however, undoubtedly a substantial scholarly contribution to the subject.

    7. This book gave me a headache, but it is a very well written and scholarly book about a very difficult subject. Unfortunately, Christians are willing to become very violent (i.e. verbally, religious wars, etc.) over this subject. Each side of the debate is usually locked into a mode of thinking that totally misunderstands the other point of view.

    8. This was hands down the best book I read on the history of Justification. McGrath is very thorough with his material and provides great background information to centuries long debates over the question of justification. The only negative thing about this book is that you need a good latin-english theological terms dictionary to make sense of it.

    9. A detailed and fascinating history of doctrine. I regret that I read an older edition where the Latin was not translated - I understand that the third edition rectified this and urge readers who (like me) are without Latin to seek that out.

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