Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Justification Debate: A Primer

Christianity Today has produced a fairly even handed introduction to the Piper-Wright debate about justification.

You can check it out here.

Picture from Christianity Today.

1 comment:

Mike Bull said...

Thanks Matt. That's a great rundown. It does seem to me that it is mostly a false dichotomy. Piper is concerned with a starfish and Wright with the ocean. But the gospel is both.

The main disagreement was on first century Judaism, and I think I agree with Piper on that one. See a quote on my blog here:

I still can't get my head around the imputed versus infused righteousness. Surely it is both? Christ is our Covenant head, our "covering" from the wrath of God (imputed). Yet, we are his body (infused). So imputed has to do with His death, and infused has to do with His resurrection. That would mean that only imputed righteousness is redemptive, but a lack of obvious infused righteousness is a sign, according to James, that we are not "covered."

Or am I totally wrong? I struggle with this hairsplitting, but it must be important for these smart guys to write books to each other.