Tuesday Sep 21, 2021

Justification by Faith Revisited

Why cover justification by faith once when you can do it twice? In this episode we look at the "faith(fulness) of Christ" controversy, how much it's rooted in a faulty understanding of what Luther meant by "faith," what Luther really did mean by "faith," and how that pretty much solves the problem. Whew. Also, why good works don't justify but also why love doesn't justify, either.


1. Bird and Sprinkle eds., The Faith of Jesus Christ

2. Vainio, Justification and Participation in Christ

3. From the Book of Concord: Augsburg Confession, Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Formula of Concord

4. From Luther: Galatians commentary, Preface to Romans, Freedom of a Christian, Small Catechism-Apostles' Creed-Third Article (all easy to find online)

5. From Barth's Church Dogmatics: II/2 and IV/1

6. Thanks a lot Pope Leo for your lousy semi-Nestorian Tome

7. More again this time from Morgan, Roman Faith and Christian Faith

8. Stendahl, "The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West"

9. From Dad: Paths Not Taken, Luther for Evangelicals

10. Previous episodes related to this one: Justification by Faith, Romans, Galatians

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