Doctrine, Dynamic and Difference: To the Heart of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Differentiated Consensus on Justification (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 29, 2012 - Religion - 272 pages
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One of the most divisive issues in Western Christianity since the Reformation is the question of how humans are justified by God. In 1999, after many decades of ecumenical dialogue, Lutherans and Roman Catholics have declared that this issue of ‘justification by faith' is no longer a cause of division between them. One of the fascinating features of this Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) is that it expresses a ‘differentiated consensus' on justification.

The method of differentiated consensus is generally regarded as an important methodological step forward in the ecumenical dialogue. It has been used and referred to in ecumenical documents published after 1999. But what are its meaning and implications? This study attempts to clarify the method of differentiated consensus by (1) investigating the process of doctrinal rapprochement which led up to the JDDJ, (2) examining the way the consensus takes shape in the document itself, (3) analyzing arguments offered by critics and advocates of the official dialogue and (4) reflecting on the concept of doctrinal difference.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
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The Location of the Fundamental Difference
Reception of Theological Advances
e The Basis of the Paradoxes of Difference
Forensic and Effective Justification
The Reception of Previous Dialogue Results
Affirming the Consensus
Ill Existential and Sapiential Theology Revisited
Summary
Analysis
Ill The Content of the JDDJ
e Law and Gospel
Faith and Good Works
Conclusion
Justification as Criterion and the Church
Bibliography

Different Implications of Recognizing the Consensus 133
b Primary and Secondary Criteria

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About the author (2012)

Pieter de Witte is a lecturer at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at KULeuven, Belgium.

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