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Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies

by Dr. Michael Allen
Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies
Seeking to move beyond current heated debates on justification, this accessible introduction Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies offers a fresh, alternative approach to a central theological topic. Michael Allen locates justification within the wider context of the gospel, allowing for more thoughtful engagement with the Bible, historical theology, and the life of the church. Allen considers some of the liveliest recent debates as well as some overlooked connections within the wider orbit of Christian theology. He provides a historically informed, ecumenically minded defense of orthodox theology, analyzing what must be maintained and what should be reconfigured from the vantage point of systematic theology. The book exemplifies the practice of theological interpretation of Scripture and demonstrates justification’s relevance for ongoing issues of faith and practice.


“Michael Allen provides here a first-rate study of the doctrine of justification construed in the context of Christian theology as a whole. His review of contemporary debates and his awareness of biblical and historical sources are alike impressive. This is a book that challenges and provokes as well as informs.” —Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture.

“In this important and lively book, R. Michael Allen broadens and deepens contemporary reflection on the doctrine of justification. Allen provides a dogmatic account of justification, attentive to how it relates to other topics in Christian doctrine–including the divine attributes, Trinity, Christology, the church, and the place of participation in God in salvation. In the process, Allen shows how historic catholic and Reformation sources can illuminate a biblical doctrine of justification, moving beyond the caricatures of pre-Enlightenment theologians that have become common in recent debates. Justification and the Gospel is a valuable work that will enlighten, provoke, and edify.” —J. Todd Billings, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan.

“When dealing with the explosive topic of justification, fair-minded communication and understanding between theologians, biblical scholars, historians, and practitioners are often hard to find. How rare it can be to find a theologian who not only appreciates the vital significance of justification but also carefully avoids falling into the trap of reducing everything to justification. Allen’s study is logically sound, biblically informed, theologically nuanced, and relevant for the life of the church. Amid ongoing debates, we need this book.” —Kelly M. Kapic, Covenant College.


Book Info

Author: Dr. Michael Allen

Print Length: 208 pages

ISBN: 978-0801039867

Publisher: Baker Academic

Publication Date: November 19, 2013