The Priority of Grace: Diving Further into Justification

According to the Bible, humanity is clearly responsible to exercise Spirit-wrought faith in Jesus. When sinners willing place their faith in Jesus, God responds by justifying the sinner for their good and his glory. However, before we talk about the necessity of man acting in faith, we should first remember that justification is by grace.…

More Thoughts on Justification: What is the Formal Cause?

Perhaps another way to clearly note the differences between the Reformation view and the Roman Catholic view of justification is to pay attention to Aristotelian categories of causation. The rediscovery of Aristotle was important to the development of the Western Christian tradition.[1] In terms of justification, Catholic theology differentiates between at least four causes of…

An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Wayne Grudem

I’ve always found Wayne Grudem to write on any subject in an orderly fashion, soaked in the Bible, and (often) persuasively presented. In preparation to teach through an introduction to Christian ethics, I’m surveying several works. Here is the list so far: Ethics for a Brave New World, John S. Feinberg and Paul D. Feinberg…