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The Grand Question: Hooker, Newman, and the Council of Trent

The justification of sinners—this is “the grand question which hangeth yet in controversy between us and the Church of Rome.” Thus declared the great Anglican Divine Richard Hooker. Hooker notes that Anglicans and Catholics agree on many points about justification. … Continue reading

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Luther, Catholicism, and Justification by Faith

In his book The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism, the great Catholic scholar Louis Bouyer, himself a convert from Lutheranism, describes Martin Luther’s understanding of justifying faith: Salvation is a grace, a gift of God, not the work of man. … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Protestant Theology

by Phillip Cary, Ph.D. When Rodney Clapp, the editor to whom I pitched the idea of my new book, originally suggested the title The Meaning of Protestant Theology, I was a bit nonplussed. I knew the central concept of the … Continue reading

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The Doxastic Problem: If you really, really believe in hell, you may already be in it

I have saved the best for last. Okay, that’s a tad inaccurate. I imagine that most readers of Sinners in the Presence of a Loving God will find the chapters devoted to the divine pres­ence model of hell to be the … Continue reading

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Preaching gospel: historical faith versus living faith

Back in 1999 there was great rejoicing among ecumenical folks (myself included) when the Joint Declaration on Justification was signed by representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation. Almost 20 years later, it’s unclear whether it … Continue reading

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Hell, Freedom, and the Predestinating Gospel

But what about HELL? This is always the first question posed when confronted with Robert W. Jenson’s understanding of the gospel as unconditional promise. If the Church is authorized to speak the Kingdom to all comers, does this not imply universal … Continue reading

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To Preach the Gospel is to Justify the Ungodly

“What happened to the world with Jesus,” Robert W. Jenson avers, “was that at the end of the long history of Israel’s promises, a sheerly unconditional promise was said and became sayable in the world” (Story and Promise, p. 50). … Continue reading

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