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Justification Today

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228621.003.0022
Justification Today

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One of the central themes of the New Testament, if not the central theme, is the way to obtain salvation. To be on the right road is, in New Testament terminology, to be justified. The corollary is that unless people are justified, people are unrighteous and are on the road to final perdition. In other words, justification, as a right relationship with God, is a matter of eternal life or death. This chapter examines justification and looks at the Joint Declaration. According to Christian faith, justification is a gift of God, who grants it through his Son and the Holy Spirit. Martin Luther affirms that justification is independent of all human cooperation, and that it consists in the favor of God, who freely imputes the merits of Christ. Justification, he holds, is received by faith alone, independently of any good works or obedience to God's law.

Keywords: Martin Luther; justification; salvation; Joint Declaration; New Testament

Chapter.  4508 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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