Getting the Gospel Right: Assessing the Reformation and New Perspectives on Paul
Every generation of Christian believers faces the challenge of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ with integrity and in conformity to the teaching of the Scriptures. But what do the Scriptures teach with regard to the central message of the gospel? Were the Reformers correct to insist that the good news of God's gracious and free acceptance of guilty sinners, on the ba...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 7th 2006 by Banner of Truth
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This is a fine introduction to and mini critique of the New Perspectives on Paul. Right from the start, Cornelis Venema carefully distinguishes among New "Perspectives," noting that proponents like E.P. Sanders, James Dunn, and N.T. Wright each make a distinctive contribution to a supposedly fresh view of Paul's doctrine of justification. Venema's approach moves by briefly stating the Reformation view, presenting the arguments of the scholars listed above, and concluding with a thoughtful engage...more
Justification has long been, and remains to this day, a hotly contested issue among Christians. Are God’s people justified as the result of Christ’s imputed righteousness or did the authors of the New Testament mean something else by justification? Venema addresses this issue but just barely scratches the surface. While I agree with his position, and the makings of a good book are here, it’s far too short to serve as little more than a primer.
A good primer that addresses and confronts the insufficiencies of the New Perspective on Paul. More in depth reading is necessary to fully understand arguments on both sides, but Venema adequately reaffirms Reformation teachings on the centrality of Paul's teaching on justification.