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Iustitia Dei

Iustitia Dei
A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification

4th Edition

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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108459990

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  • The Christian doctrine of justification is of immense interest to historians and theologians ,and continues to be of major importance in modern ecumenical discussions. The present work appeared in its first edition in 1986, and rapidly became the leading reference work on the subject. Its 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 an especially careful analysis of its development during the critical years of the sixteenth century. The substantially rewritten fourth edition thoroughly updates the work, responding to the latest developments in scholarly literature and user feedback. It will remain an essential resource for all concerned with the development of Christian doctrine, the history of the Reformation debates on the identity of Christianity, and modern discussions between Protestants and Roman Catholics over the nature of salvation.

    • Provides a total history of the development of a central Christian doctrine from the earliest of times to the present day
    • In response to user feedback, this new edition has been streamlined to allow easier reading and more detailed analysis at points of importance
    • Engages with the vast literature in several languages associated with this topic, making particularly extensive use of German-language scholarship
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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108459990
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Justification: The Emergence of a Concept:
    1. The Hebraic context: semantic aspects of the concept of justification
    2. Paul and the shaping of the Christian tradition
    3. The fountainhead: Augustine of Hippo
    Part II. The Middle Ages: The Consolidation of the Doctrine:
    4. The nature of Justification
    5. The righteousness of God
    6. The concept of grace
    7. The human appropriation of justification
    8. Justification and the two powers of God
    9. The concept of merit
    10. Justification and the sacraments
    Part III. Protestantism: The Reformation Debates on Justification:
    11. Is there a 'Reformation' doctrine of justification?
    12. Luther's early approach to justification
    13. Justification in Lutheranism, 1516–1580
    14. Reformed theology, 1519–1560
    15. The English Reformation: from Tyndale to Hooker
    16. Protestant Orthodoxy:
    17. Anglicanism: the Caroline Divines
    18. Puritanism: from the Old World to the New
    19. Pietism: justification and the 'new birth'
    Part IV. Catholicism: The Council of Trent on justification
    20. The development of the doctrine within Catholicism, 1490–1545
    21. Catholic responses to early Protestant doctrines of justification
    22. An attempt at rapprochement: the Regensburg Colloquy (1541)
    23. Catholic theological schools during the Tridentine debates on justification
    24. The Tridentine debates on justification
    25. The Tridentine decree on justification
    26. Post-Tridentine discussions of justification
    Part V. The Modern Period:
    27. The Enlightenment: justification, moralism, and rationalism
    28. The long nineteenth century: retrieval and reconfiguration
    29. Contemporary renewal: justification and theological reconstruction
    Conclusion: reflections on a study of doctrinal history.

  • Author

    Alister E. McGrath, University of Oxford
    Alister E. McGrath is a prominent academic writer on religious and theological topics. His publications include the international bestseller The Dawkins Delusion? (2007), the award-winning biography C. S. Lewis: A Life (2013), and the market-leading textbook Christian Theology: An Introduction (2016). He has also written some acclaimed monographs dealing with the history of Christian thought.

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