Justification

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Now, forty years since its original publication, Hans Kung's groundbreaking study--acclaimed as a model for ecumenical discussion--has become a classic work. Looking at the doctrine of justification as understood by the Protestant theologian Karl Barth in comparison to classic Roman Catholic theology, Kung found that the two had similar ideas about the main elements of justification. He argued there is fundamental agreement between Catholicism and Barth's doctrine and that the somewhat divergent viewpoints "would...

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Overview

Now, forty years since its original publication, Hans Kung's groundbreaking study--acclaimed as a model for ecumenical discussion--has become a classic work. Looking at the doctrine of justification as understood by the Protestant theologian Karl Barth in comparison to classic Roman Catholic theology, Kung found that the two had similar ideas about the main elements of justification. He argued there is fundamental agreement between Catholicism and Barth's doctrine and that the somewhat divergent viewpoints "would not warrant a division in the Church." This anniversary edition now features a new essay assessing Kung's work in light of contemporary ecumenical dialogues between Roman Catholics and Protestants.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664224462
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2004
  • Edition description: Anniversary
  • Edition number: 40
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 0.91 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Hans Kung is President of the Global Ethic Foundation and Professor Emeritus of Ecumenical Theology at the University of Tubingen in Germany. A prolific and important contemporary theologian, he has written over fifty books including On Being a Christian, Does God Exist?, Infallible? An Inquiry, and The Church.
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Table of Contents

For the 40th anniversary edition of Justification
Justification : then and now
Justification today : an introductory chapter to the new edition
Preface to the first English edition
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
A letter to the author
Introduction
Pt. 1 Karl Barth's theology of justification
1 An alien language 3
2 Justification : what is the central problem? 6
3 Justification in the total context of Barth's theology 9
4 The eternal foundation of justification 13
5 The covenant - prerequisite for justification 18
6 Justification in reconciliation - the fulfillment of the broken covenant 23
7 Prospect and retrospect 28
8 Jesus Christ - our justification 35
9 The rejection of the sinner 41
10 Fallen man 46
11 God's justice against the injustice of man 54
12 An alien justice - our own justice 59
13 The just man 63
14 Justification and sanctification 69
15 Through faith alone 72
16 Love and works 79
17 The foundation of Christian existence 82
18 The justification of man as the self-justification of God 89
19 Open questions 92
Pt. 2 An attempt at a Catholic response
20 The theology of justification past and present 99
21 The redeemer Jesus Christ 123
22 Creation as a salvation event 135
23 Sin and death in the plan of salvation 148
24 The wretchedness of sin 171
25 The ruin of man 180
26 A variety of foundations? 190
27 Grace as graciousness 195
28 The declaration of the sinner's justice 208
29 Justification in Christ's death and resurrection 222
30 Simul Iustus et Peccator 236
31 Sola Fide 249
32 Soli Deo Gloria 264
33 Divided in faith? 275
Excursus : the redeemer in God's eternity 285
Bibliography 303
Index 323
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