A Modern English Abridgement of The Doctrine of Justification
Nothing is more basic and fundamental to understanding the work of Christ as applied to the Christian than the doctrine of justification by faith. James Buchanan’s book on this Biblical subject has for almost 200 years been considered the classic and foremost writing on justification, but the further we get from the time of his authorship, many modern Christians do not find his writing style accessible.
This is another volume in the modern reprints of Great Christian Classics; this being Buchanan’s book The Doctrine of Justification put in easier-to-read modern English.
About the Author
Although James Buchanan became known to posterity as a theologian mainly through two of his books, The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit and The Doctrine of Justification, it was as a preacher of unusual power and ability that he first made his name.
He studied theology under Dr. Thomas Chalmers in Edinburgh, and in 1827, at the age of 23, was ordained to the ministry at Roslin, near Edinburgh. A year later he was translated to a large church at North Leith which he soon filled to overflowing, his preaching being noted for its fullness and clarity as well as for its flights of impassioned oratory. One of his hearers, who had been to India, thought that his preaching was of the same stamp as that of Henry Martyn.
Buchanan was a pastor to the end and his great work on Justification, published in 1866, was written to combat the opposition to the doctrine both by rationalists and ritualists, and to establish true believers in a well-grounded assurance. It was his last work. In 1868, afflicted by deafness and increasing infirmity he retired from the chair of Theology. He died in 1870.
Table of Contents
Under two Main Units:
The History of the Doctrine
Explanation of the Doctrine
there are found these chapters:
- Justification as found in the Old Testament Scriptures
- As found in the New Testament Scriptures
- As taught by the the church fathers to A.D. 1200
- As taught at the time of the Protestant Reformation
- How the Roman Catholic Church thought about justification after the Reformation
- Various Protestant views about justification after the Reformation
- Views about the doctrine in the Anglican church after the Reformation
- The meaning of the word justification as used in the Bible
- What justification is
- Justification and God’s Law
- Justification and the life and death of Christ
- Christ’s merits are the only ground for our justification
- Justification as related to grace and human effort
- Justification as related to faith
- Justification and the work of the Holy Spirit