Whopping New Book on Justification

Wow, a new 480 page book on justification by one of the modern experts on the doctrine. It is due out in September. I eagerly look forward to reading this volume. J.I. Packer once said in the preface to the Buchanan volume on justification that it was a sad state of affairs when the doctrine had not received any kind of thorough treatment since Buchanan. There are now several volumes (!) that will quite adequately fill up that lacuna, especially in light of recent challenges to the doctrine. One could mention Oden’s helpful reader in the Patristics, which shows that there is a bit more continuity between the Reformed doctrine and the early church than people might have thought. This book has very helpful discussions of recent debates (especially valuable is the debate between Gundry and Carson on imputation). Then a further volume is a very helpful companion volume to the previous one, having an especially helpful historical essay on Regensburg. The two Westminster seminaries have come out with excellent volumes, WTS’s here and WSC’s here. Tony Lane’s book is essential for understanding the Protestant/Catholic discussions that have been happening recently. A good technical refutation of the New Perspective on Paul is available here and here. Also excellent in technical matters is Guy Waters’s book (despite all the flack this book has received, I still consider it an excellent resource), and Westerholm (this book has some good humor (!) in it). On a more popular level regarding the NPP is Venema’s book and Piper’s book on N.T. Wright. A much quoted exegesis of Romans 1-5 that deals with the NPP is Gathercole’s book. Seyoon Kim has carefully critiqued Dunn’s work here. Stuhlmacher has also critiqued the NPP here. Then there is the book that Waters and Johnson edited, which I reviewed in a number of posts. Now, this isn’t even all the books that have been written in the modern period on justification, let alone the wonderful volumes by Buchanan, Owen, Burgess, Vermigli and others in the time of the Reformation and afterwards. All Reformed pastors should have a good knowledge of this doctrine and be conversant with the various challenges that have arisen.

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