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17Re: What is meant by justification?

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  • Andrew
    Feb 27, 2007
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      Christopher,

      Yes, this is the most compelling argument. And frankly, I'm not quite sure what to do with
      it.


      Andrew.




      > A critique of the fact that early Christian writers simply didn't write
      > about justification in the ways that later scholastic and Protestant
      > theologians did is that we should really look at what St. Paul wrote.
      > However, that hermeneutical question is why we believe that we are more
      > accurate in our understanding of St. Paul than were those writing in the
      > same language he wrote in, in broadly the same culture, etc. I have always
      > found this to be the arrogance of modern man and is simply a traditionally
      > religious form of the Jesus Seminar.
      >
      > We can't get to what Paul wrote by jumping over how he was understood in the
      > intervening years. Likewise, we can't get at what the Ante-Nicene Fathers
      > "really" believed by jumping over the understanding of the Nicene Fathers.
      > Christianity is a golden chain of faith from father to son, or it is a
      > creation of one's own "inspired by" those texts that remain to us - and that
      > agree with what we like of their faith or fit our personal standard of what
      > is either 'likely' or 'worthy'.
      >
      > As the passage from 2 Thessalonians on the homepage states: Paul
      > 'traditioned' on to the Thessalonians traditions that were both written and
      > spoken. It is an assumption built on top of the texts to state that the
      > written and oral traditions were identical.
      >
      > Christopher
      >
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