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Revisiting ‘the nature of Protestantism’: justification by faith five hundred years on

Zahl, Simeon

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Simeon Zahl



Abstract

This essay is about the state of the doctrine of justification by faith alone today in light of recent critiques, and about the ways in which the doctrine continues to shape Protestants who no longer formally subscribe to it. The argument is first and foremost theological rather than historical, but it is driven by an interest in how evaluations of justification by faith have changed over time to get us where we are today. My hope is that a thoughtful evaluation of the current state of this doctrine as it looks from within the protestant fold will give us a some new insight into this important dimension of the relation between protestant and Catholic theological traditions, as we look back over 500 years of division. Ultimately, it will give us some new purchase on the old question of ‘the nature of Protestantism’ through analysis of a certain kind of orientation to psychological and affective realities in protestant theology.

Citation

Zahl, S. (2018). Revisiting ‘the nature of Protestantism’: justification by faith five hundred years on. New Blackfriars, 99(1080), https://doi.org/10.1111/nbfr.12347

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 18, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 18, 2017
Publication Date Mar 1, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 19, 2019
Journal New Blackfriars
Print ISSN 0028-4289
Electronic ISSN 1741-2005
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 99
Issue 1080
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/nbfr.12347
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48571
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nbfr.12347/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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