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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143353293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433532931
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This superb collection of essays provides insight and guidance not only for understanding the thought of Jonathan Edwards in his historical context, but for wrestling with the current debate regarding the doctrine of justification by faith. This volume will prove to be richly rewarding, theologically engaging, and spiritually edifying for students and scholars alike. Josh Moody is to be commended for bringing together this outstanding group of scholars for such a timely and thoughtful exploration of this important subject. I highly recommend this book.”
David S. Dockery, President, Union University

“In 1734, at the beginning of the Connecticut Valley revival that ushered in the Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards preached on the controversial doctrine of justification. Critics found ‘great fault’ with him for ‘meddling’ with it, and he ‘was ridiculed by many elsewhere.’ So today, those who engage in discussions about the nature of justification may find themselves the objects of criticism and ridicule, but the subject is a vital one, precisely because it has been and remains divisive. And it is particularly important in understanding Edwards, because his view on justification has been hotly debated. This volume combines informed historical context and contemporary appropriation, with the aim of considering Edwards ‘responsibly and correctly.’ What emerges is a balanced assessment of Edwards as an orthodox thinker, yet one with ‘creativity, spice, and derring-do.’”
Kenneth P. Minkema, Executive Editor and Director, Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University

“A significant work that advances the growing scholarship on Jonathan Edwards and contributes to the current debates on justification. These lucid essays demonstrate that the great biblical and Reformation teaching on justification is not a stale, dusty doctrine, but has ramifications for the vitality of the Church and the reform of society.”
Dennis P. Hollinger, President & Colman M Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

About the Author

Josh Moody (PhD, University of Cambridge) is senior pastor of College Church, Wheaton, Illinois, in the Chicago area. He is the author of several books, including The God-Centered Life and No Other Gospel, and blogs at

Samuel T. Logan Jr. is president and professor of church history emeritus at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he joined the faculty in 1979 and served as president from 1991 to 2005. He is the executive secretary of the World Reformed Fellowship. He earned a PhD in theology and literature from Emory University and is an ordained minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Kyle Strobel (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the author of Metamorpha: Jesus as a Way of Life and founder of Metamorpha, an online community for Christian spiritual formation. He has served as a fellow at Yale’s Jonathan Edwards Center, has published several academic reviews of works related to Edwards, and has taught graduate courses on Edwards’s spirituality theology.

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Because it is written by scholars about theology, this book does get very boring very quick.
Emory Daniels
Moody himself opens the book by discussing the importance of Edwards' views on justification for the modern Church.
Seeking Disciple
So I will be reading and re-reading this book a good dozen more times before I grasp all that it says.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Barto VINE VOICE on October 13, 2012
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This anthology is a creditable effort to examine the Christian doctrine of justification - how the individual is reconciled to God - in the work of the American Protestant theologian Jonathan Edwards. The work is relevant and timely in that there has always been some discussion about Edwards' precise opinion on the subject and the relatively recent phenomena of the "new perspective on Paul" provides a good reason to reexamine Edwards' work. The five essays are generally well-written, well-footnoted, and accessible to the interested and informed reader. Particularly enjoyable (especially for the reader without time or inclination to read all the essays in this book) are the concluding essays by Dr. Samuel T. Logan and Dr. Douglas Sweeney (his essay is head and shoulders above the others in the volume, as one might expect from a scholar of his stature).

That being noted, the editor makes clear in his introduction that this is an "academic-level consideration," and he and his contributors do not disappoint in that regard, notwithstanding the non-academic publisher of the work. As such, there is a good bit of "inside baseball" about Reformed theology in these essays that may go right over the head of (or worse, confuse) the ordinary reader. I also found that the essays included in the volume all basically asserted the same conclusion, i.e., that Edwards was an orthodox theologian who believed (with Calvin) that "we are justified not without works yet not through works." It would have made for a much more interesting anthology to have had some more variation in the perspective of the authors and perhaps to have included some give-and-take between them, as in other recent anthologies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jude M St John on August 11, 2012
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A Great Doctrine and a Great Theologian

In a different book on justification called The Justification Reader, Thomas Oden writes of the great reformer Martin Luther's opinion on the doctrine of justification: "Luther regarded justification as the "ruler and judge over all other Christian doctrines" " (4). Oden goes on to declare that justification is "central to the Christian teaching of salvation. . .So pivotal is it to Christian preaching that if unbalanced in any way, reverberations are felt in the whole edifice of faith" (4). Clearly, justification is a momentous doctrine. In similar high praise, Jonathan Edwards has often been labelled North America's greatest theologian. Obviously what North America's greatest (arguably) theologian has to say about Christianity's greatest (arguably) doctrine is of considerable import. In Jonathan Edwards and Justification, Editor Josh Moody and several significant Edwardsean scholars deliver a book that reveals Edwards' position on justification. The authors rebut some misconceptions that some have proposed about this Puritan pastor's stance on justification. And in the process, the book reminded me of some powerful Edwards' books that I had read previously.

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The multiple authors of Jonathan Edwards and Justification cover Edwards' position on justification quickly yet thoroughly. The authors are uniform in their assertions concerning Edwards' doctrinal perspective on justification; this famous pastor-theologian believed justification in a manner that could only be described as a Reformation Protestant view. Moody notes that he was creative in how he described this doctrine and its ramifications, but in its essence Edwards offered nothing new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Borgman on October 15, 2013
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I found Jonathan Edwards and Justification to be a bit dizzying to read. It is basically made up of five essays using academic speak to discuss Jonathan Edward's belief in Justification. Not too interesting to a non-academic type like myself. Dare I say it? Boring!
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I was disappointed by this book. Jonathan Edwards was an important American Puritan theologian, some say one of the most important, who beginning in 1734, during the revival of the Great Awakening in America, preached on the controversial doctrine of justification. Many theologians and Christian clergy look to him still today to learn the meaning of this doctrine and to find answers to the questions it raises. I read the book hoping to find answers, which I did not find.

The book seems to have been written for scholars who are very familiar with Christian history, the writings of Paul, the interpretations given to them, and the meaning of words used frequently in the book without any meaningful definition such as the basic word justification, as well as salvation, concatenation, infusion, sanctification, disposition, regeneration, and many more. We are left to guess their meaning and the meaning is far different than the way these words may be used in everyday speech.

The editor admits that "first-rate and reputed scholars struggle to understand" the meaning of justification, but this is no excuse for not giving readers a clear discussion of what it means and how and why it works. He does give us some sense of the term justification. He says that "God declares righteous those who believe, irrespective of any good works or moral actions they perform." All that this immoral person needs to do is have "faith" in Jesus. He says that "Christ removes our sin and credits us his righteousness." This justification - which I understand to mean, making the person having faith "just," with "just" meaning "righteous" - is not, to repeat, "grounded in some form of personal godliness" for to think that the faithful person needs to be righteous is "absurd" (Edward's word).
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