What is all this fuss about justification? What is new about the New Perspective(s) on Paul? How do the differences matter? Maybe you have asked these questions, or perhaps you are already familiar with the New Perspective but would like to see how one of its leading critics would respond to its claims. Perhaps you would just like to read a new book about justification in light of modern scholarship? Well, Stephen Westerholm has been sharpening his axe and Justification Reconsidered is his latest swing at various ‘revisions’ of justification.
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Sometimes we Christians will forget just how different our worldview can be to one on the outside looking in. Not only do we use unusual phrases, but we see everything differently. The created world has structure, order and even purpose that have all been disturbed by our sin and rebellion against our Creator. The actions of mankind are not merely personal, nor do they only affect others, but they are ultimately judged by an absolute moral standard. However, forgiveness and transformation is available for those who place their trust in Jesus the Messiah. It’s claimed that these ideas have been consistently held by the first Christians such as the apostle Paul. However, reading one of Paul’s letters may feel at times like entering another world filled with unusual and unexplained concepts. Stephen Westerholm understands and appreciates this culture shock that many experience when reading Paul, and so he has provided Understanding Paul as a “preface to his thought that addresses the gap between his horizons and [our] own (p11). Westerholm chooses to introduce Paul to his readers by way of tracing the flow of thought in Paul’s letter to the Romans.
when I receive review books I do a post to let readers know what’s ahead and why I chose these particular books, but it also serves as a way to both thank and stay accountable to the publishers. So here’s what I’ve gotten in the past few weeks.