Critiques on my Justification Series

In this essay I would like to address three critiques offered in response to my recent series on justification. The first critique is from Mark. I opined that no one (both in the responses on the web site as well as in face-to-face conversations) was addressing the exegetical issues of Gal. 2. Mark pointed out …

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Caveats, 4 of 6

In the previous essays of this series I made the following parallel: Early Gentile Christianity's relationship to Judaism and Jewish believers is parallel to Protestantism's relationship to contemporary Orthodoxy. Allow me to make clear that this parallel is far from exact and is also problematic. Where Orthodoxy and Protestantism are the same (both Christian), Judaism …

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The Law (Torah) and the Gospel, 2 of 6

In the previous essay I observed that, according to N.T. Wright, the significance of the doctrine of justification by faith has to do with the basic requirements for Christian table fellowship. Wright's claim is based on a particular understanding of the Judaism of Jesus' and St. Paul's day. Within Protestant circles Judaism was historically considered …

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The “New Perspective” and Orthodoxy, 1 of 6

In a recent essay I mentioned that in my opinion "the new perspective" on justification by faith had implications for Orthodoxy, if we would take it seriously. At the time I was asked to expand that thought but I've been hesitant because Orthodoxy doesn't seem to take kindly to critiques from outsiders, especially Protestants. The …

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