Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier, eds. Justificationâ€”What’s at Stake in the Current Debates (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004). ISBN: 0830827811. $23.00.
The ten papers appearing in this volume are selections from the conference on Justification held at Wheaton College Graduate school in April of 2003: â€œThe Gospel, Freedom and Righteousness: The Doctrine of Justification.â€ One would think that a book such as this one, published at the time that this one was, would be all about the current debate over the so-called â€œnew perspectiveâ€ on Paul. This collection of essays, however, demonstrates that there is much more to the Justification debate than the quarrel about the character of first century rabbinic Judaism and its influence on the apostle to the Gentiles. These papers take up the question whether imputed righteousness is â€œfictive, forensic or transformativeâ€ (p. 7). The book divides into four parts: (1) Justification and Biblical theology, (2) Justification and the Crisis of Protestantism, (2) Justification in Protestant Traditions, and (4) Justification and Ecumenical Endeavor. Continue Reading →