Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught...and Why It Still Matters (Five Solas)
Schreiner, Thomas R.
“A timely project, and not simply because the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will soon be upon us. Much of who we are is determined by where we have come from; at a time when even so significant a part of our past as the Reformation is, for many, little more than a name, informed, accessible treatments of its basic principles are welcome indeed.”See All
Professor of Early Christianity, McMaster University
“I welcome this new series and its substantial engagement with the great themes of Reformation theology.”See All
, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School; general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
“The Reformations 500th Anniversary will be celebrated as a significant historical event. However, The Five Solas series explores the contemporary relevance of this legacy for the global church. Superb evangelical scholars have been enlisted not only to summarize the solas, but to engage each from historical, exegetical, and constructive perspectives. These volumes demonstrate that, far from being exhausted slogans, the Reformations key themes need to be rediscovered for the churchs very existence and mission in the world.”See All
, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“The Protestant Reformation was driven by a renewed appreciation of the singular fullness of the triune God and his unique sovereignty in all of human life. But that profound reality expressed itself with regard to many questions and in a number of forms, ranging from facets of the liturgy to soteriological tenets and back again. Im delighted to see this new series expositing the five most influential expressions of that God-centeredness, the pivotal Solas of the Protestant Reformation. By expounding the biblical reasoning behind them, I hope these volumes will invigorate a more profoundly theological vision of our lives and callings as Christians and churches.”See All
Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“As new ideas about justification have proliferated in recent years, the need for clear analysis of these ideas and better understanding of the traditional Reformation view has grown. Tom Schreiners Faith Alone accomplishes both tasks admirably. Schreiner anchors his exposition of the key biblical themes in the history of the doctrine, and defends the Reformation view in light of the many current challenges. Comprehensive, readable, persuasive.”See All
Douglas J. Moo
Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation
“The doctrine by which the church stands or falls---thats how Luther described the importance of justification by faith alone. Without the imputed righteousness of Christ received by faith alone, we are truly without hope before a holy God. Thomas Schreiner, one of the most clear-headed and biblically faithful New Testament scholars of our generation, has produced a compelling and careful defense of the doctrine of justification that readers will find both exegetically faithful and theologically enriching. This book will help the church in this generation to stand on solid ground.”See All
R. Albert Mohler Jr
President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Dr. Schriener has done a magnificent job of expounding the key doctrine of the Protestant Reformation, which remains as vital for us today as when Martin Luther first proclaimed it. His clear explanation of justification by faith alone will do much to strengthen the faith of a new generation and its witness to this timeless truth.”See All
Gerald L. Bray
Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School
“Everything in this book is measured by the Scriptures. We should hold to the tradition of sola fide because it accords with the Word of God. Therefore, thematically and structurally, the center of the book is biblical exegesis...But even in the historical and contemporary sections, Scripture remains the lodestar, guiding the ship of Schreiners analysis. Thus the book is overwhelmingly constructive rather than merely polemicaland always careful, for when handling the most volatile issues, one must handle with care. Schreiner is unusually careful in handling viewpoints that are different from his own. I have never read another author who states his challengers viewpoint so fully and persuasively, that it seems so compelling, and then turns around and demolishes it one piece at a time with careful biblical observation and argumentation. It is a trait that awakens trust. Schreiner does not play God. He does not render judgments about mens souls, only their doctrines. He follows John Owen in the gracious position that men may be really saved by that grace which doctrinally they do deny; and they may be justified by the imputation of that righteousness, which, in opinion, they deny to be imputed.”See All
Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the solas: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God s glory.
In Faith Alone The Doctrine of Justification renowned biblical scholar Thomas Schreiner looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of justification. He summarizes the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of several of the Reformers. Then, he turns his attention to the Scriptures and walks readers through an examination of the key texts in the Old and New Testament. He discusses whether justification is transformative or forensic and introduces readers to some of the contemporary challenges to the Reformation teaching of sola fide, with particular attention to the new perspective on Paul.
Five hundred years after the Reformation, the doctrine of justification by faith alone still needs to be understood and proclaimed. In Faith Alone you will learn how the rallying cry of sola fide is rooted in the Scriptures and how to apply this sola in a fresh way in light of many contemporary challenges.
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