[Common Places] The Five Solas: Faith Alone
This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.
Introduction Should Protestants continue to celebrate…
Does the Bible Teach ‘Faith Alone’?
Faith Alone is one of five new resources exploring the five sola rallying cries of the Reformation (including sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratis, and soli Deo gloria). In this volume Schreiner offers a historical, biblical and theological tour of the doctrine of justification.
Last week we examined one reason why ‘faith alone’ matters: the early church taught it. Schreiner makes the point, though, that “as Protestants we believe in sola scriptura. We must, in the end, turn to what the Scriptures say and cannot simply rely on tradition or interpretations from the past.” (97)
In other words, does the Bible teach faith alone?
Did the Early Church Teach ‘Faith Alone’?
Tom Schreiner addresses these questions and more in his new book Faith Alone, one of five new resources exploring the five sola rallying cries of the Reformation. It offers a historical, biblical and theological tour of the doctrine of justification, and concludes with contemporary challenges to it.
He believes sola fide “should continue to be taught and treasured today because it summarizes biblical teaching…” (15) Schreiner tours how the church has understood this teaching, beginning with the early church. Because as he writes, “By affirming sola fide, we are not saying that we believe the true church only arose in the sixteenth century…we stand in the deepest appreciation of believers…
Developments in My Field of Study — Schreiner Says Luther & Calvin Were Right About Paul
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In 2010 I had the chance to listen to one of the heavy-hitting voices in one of the most significant developments in Pauline studies, the New Perspective on Paul. That voice was Tom Schreiner, professor of NT studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and contributor to Four Views on the Apostle Paul.
Today Schreiner looks back on this development, particularly how it's grown from an obscure academic subtopic to a more mainstream one in churches.
He also shares what he consideres to be his conclusions on the matter:
One of the things I've argued for and I believe…is that the Reformers were…
My Advice to Students — Tom Schreiner Says “Don’t Specialize”
Last week we launched a new, exciting series of weekly videos designed to advise and guide students who are studying for a future of ministry in the Church, whether in the academy or in congregations. In these specially curated videos, leading scholars of biblical studies share their seasoned wisdom to help you navigate this important season of preparation.
One of the things Schreiner learned as a student was to devote himself to the languages in his early days of study. He gives a number of reasons why this is crucial to the development and calling of students. Another thing Schreiner learned early that has been enormously…