One thing that we’re thankful for here at the Academic Blog is the fact of God’s saving activity on behalf of ungodly sinners, otherwise known as justification. But this term, and the concept it conveys, have been the subject of intense debate for many years.
In fact, the definition of justification has been argued over since very soon after the writing of the New Testament. Historically, even when people have found common ground upon which to stand on the issue, there is always some finer point of detail that can sadly cause division between friends and even entire churches.
So who is right? What is your stance on justification, and how would you explain it? And here’s a better question: how would you describe alternative views, and how certain are you of those descriptions?
Well, given these questions, I’m thankful again. Because we have a fantastic resource on Logos Mobile Education, Mobile Ed: TH351 Perspectives on Justification by Faith: Five Views on Its Meaning and Significance. (That’s probably the longest title ever for a Mobile Ed course. But justification is a core issue, so we’re not taking any chances.)
Check out this powerhouse roster of scholars, then go see the syllabus:
D.A. Carson—A Biblical-Theological Perspective
Edith M. Humphrey—An Eastern Orthodox Perspective
Scott Hahn—A Roman Catholic Perspective
Matthew Bates—A Perspective on Faith as Allegiance in Justification
Michael F. Bird—A Reformed Perspective Nuanced by Historical Considerations
And don’t just think of yourself. This is the perfect Christmas gift idea, one that will bear much fruit in the life of a loved one, a friend, even a coworker. The course is currently on pre-order, which means you can get your copy reserved now at about a 40% discount from full price.
Stop watching nonsense YouTube videos, and put down the Xbox controller. Invest in yourself, to bless your family and church.
Learn your Justification, then go and teach others.