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The Future of Justification

A response to N. T. Wright

John Piper

ISBN: 9781844742509
240 pages, Paperback
Published: 18/01/2008

Tom Wright's rearticulation of the New Testament theology of the gospel and justification by faith has exerted significant influence amongst scholars and the wider Christian public. John Piper offers a fruitful engagement with, and critique of, Wright's position.


"This book is a model of how theological disagreements should be handled, and the reader is reminded time and again to what extent the gospel itself stands or falls on this issue. In comparing the works of Tom Wright to the text of the apostle Paul's letters Dr. Piper lifts us above the controversies of the moment and shows us again how the glorious mercy of God was revealed to us in Jesus Christ. It is essential reading for every pastor and theological student and will be a major contribution to our understanding of what the great apostle really said." Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Theology, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, and Director of Research for the Latimer Trust, Cambridge

"The so-called 'New Perspective on Paul' has stirred up enormous controversy ... Certain parts of John Piper's book have quietly broken new ground ... The issues are not secondary, and, pastor that he is, John Piper will not allow believers to put their trust in anyone or anything other than the crucified and resurrected Savior." D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois

"Piper writes with the concern of a pastor, the passion of a preacher, the precision of a scholar, and the courtesy of a gentleman as he critiques N. T. Wright's grand scheme of justification. Piper both highlights exegetical weaknesses in Wright's system and demonstrates the success of reading Paul using traditional categories. All who read Wright should read Piper." Peter J. Williams, Warden, Tyndale House, Cambridge

"This book is not a rehearsal of old dogmas, nor a polemical rant, but it is a fresh articulation of the gospel that Paul preached, and it is written with a conviction and verve that will inspire preachers to faithfully set forth the whole counsel of God to their flock." Michael F. Bird, New Testament Lecturer, Highland Theological College, Scotland

"John Piper's challenging yet courteous book takes issue with Bishop Tom Wright's major theses regarding Paul's teaching on justification ... This is a serious critique of one of the foremost representatives of the New Perspective on Paul and deserves to be read by all who want to understand more fully and rejoice in God's righteousness in Christ and his justifying the ungodly." Peter T. O'Brien, Senior Research Fellow, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia