The Justice Of God

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Overview

The biblical theme of justification by faith is all too often regarded as a consumer commodity, as a private transaction between God and the individual. The result is that the social dimension is left, often with disastrous consequences, to market forces. Certain that justification is inseparable from justice, the authors of this book have teamed up to deliver an emphatic restatement of the relational nature of justification and its interaction with communal and social justice. In Part One James D. G. Dunn critiques Luther's "discovery" of the doctrine of justification by faith, showing how he overlooked the social dimension that is part and parcel of Paul's message. A careful look at Old Testament themes recovers an understanding of justification and justice that has national and social as well as individual outworkings. In Part Two Alan M. Suggate offers Nazi Germany, militarist Japan, and 1980s Britain as three modern case studies that demonstrate (at times appallingly so) the distorted nature of justice that can result from an inadequate understanding of justification. This analysis clearly shows how a fresh restatement of the interaction of justification and justice could have fruitful consequences for worldwide social justice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802807977
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/15/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 840,352
  • Product dimensions: 0.23 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 A Fresh Look at the Biblical Emphases 3
1 Martin Luther and the Individual Conscience 5
2 Justice for Gentiles: Paul and Justification by Faith 17
3 The Justice of God 31
Pt. 2 Three Case Studies 43
Introduction 45
4 Germany: A Tale of Two Kingdoms 49
5 Japan: Imperial Missions 61
6 Britain: Free Market and Faith 71
Conclusion 81
Questions for Discussion 83
Suggestions for Further Reading 85
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