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Engrafted into Christ: A Critique of the Joint Declaration (American University Studies. Series VII. Theology and Religion) Paperback – May 27, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0820474083 ISBN-10: 0820474088

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  • Series: American University Studies. Series VII. Theology and Religion (Book 233)
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers (May 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820474088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820474083
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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«In this brilliant contribution to the dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans, Christopher J. Malloy subjects the 1999 Joint Declaration on Justification to a rigorous historical and theological analysis that exposes deep and important differences in Lutheran and Catholic conceptions of justifying grace. This Catholic author exhibits a highly refined appreciation for the logic of the Lutheran conception, at the same time that he uncovers what he considers to be a critical flaw in this conception. Engrafted into Christ is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about the history and prospects of Catholic-Lutheran dialogue.» (J. A. Di Noia, O.P., Former Professor, Dominican House of Studies)
«Christopher J. Malloy provides an important and challenging contribution toward understanding the differences between the Catholic and Lutheran doctrines and theologies of justification. The differences are carefully and wisely studied, with openness to further questions and corrections. This book exemplifies a genuine ecumenism that can only flourish in mutual dedication to serious scholarship, truth, and wisdom.» (Fr. Matthew L. Lamb, Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University, Naples, Florida)

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The Author: Christopher J. Malloy earned his Ph.D. at Catholic University in Washington, DC. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theology at The University of Dallas and is Associate Editor of the English edition of Nova et Vetera. His fields of interest include theological anthropology and Trinitarian theology with a specialization in the work of Thomas Aquinas.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Sirilla on July 28, 2005
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Dr. Malloy has provided an invaluable service to the ecumenical movement in this volume. He communicates his thoroughgoing knowledge, not only of the history of the Lutheran-Catholic dialog in Europe and in the US, but also of the historical origins of the divide: including Luther's teachings, and those of Melanchthon and the Book of Concord, as well as the many attempts on the Catholic side to prevent schism - from Cajetan to Seripando and, finally, to the mutual condemnations of Trent and Augsburg. Malloy definitively demonstrates, in his characteristic air-tight fashion, that there was not merely a mutual misunderstanding on the doctrine of justification at Trent and Augsburg, but rather a true understanding and rejection of the opposing doctrine. The Lutheran and Catholic doctrines of justification are truly contradictory. In light of this, Malloy reveals several significant errors in the 1998 document: "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" (JDDJ) penned by the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The document is mistaken on several counts: 1) it is not true that the JDDJ substantially resolves (as it claims to do) the historical differences between Catholics and Lutherans such that "any remaining differences are not church-dividing"; precisely because 2) it is utterly and inexplicably silent on the "formal cause" of justification - i.e., the metaphysical nature of justification, of which Lutherans and Catholics give opposing explanations; finally 3) the JDDJ is mistaken in claiming that it is in conflict neither with the Decree on Justification issued by Trent nor with the teachings on justification in the Lutheran confessional documents.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alvin Kimel on May 15, 2006
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Christopher J. Malloy's *Engrafted into Christ* is a vigorous, erudite, and incisive critique of the Lutheran/Catholic Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. As a Catholic theologian, Dr Malloy believes that the Declaration neither accurately states the Catholic understanding of justification nor represents a deeper apprehension of the mystery of grace such that would justify the Declaration's assertion that "a consensus in basic truths of the doctrine of justification exists between Lutherans and Catholics." The composers of the Declaration have achieved consensus, but they have done so only by eliding the dogmatic definition on justification as promulgated by the Council of Trent.

*Engrafted into Christ* should be read by all who are interested in the doctrine of justification, and especially by those who are involved in ecumenical dialogue between Protestantism and Catholicism. It is a much needed antidote to the ecumenical tendency to water down differences in order to achieve theological unity through equivocation and ambiguity. Authentic consensus cannot be achieved through the redefinition of terms, but through deeper immersion into Scripture and the fullness of the catholic faith.
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