Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

April 2008

School

School of Religion

Major

Philosophy and Religion: Biblical Studies

Primary Subject Area

Theology

Keywords

New Perspectives on Paul, N. T. Wright, Justification, Future Justification

Abstract

Justification has been a central doctrine for the entire history of the church. Until recent years there has been an overall consensus on what the doctrine entails and how it is applied to the believer. This doctrine has been reexamined by a number of scholars who have developed an entirely different perspective on what Paul meant when he wrote about justification. N. T. Wright’s understanding of this new perspective is examined with the purpose of establishing its validity. Other scholarship is brought into focus in order to achieve this goal. This paper concludes that N. T. Wright’s perspective is incomplete. However, also examined is his emphasis on certain intricacies from which church leaders today might benefit.

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