Wednesday, September 06, 2006
When anybody ever asks me about the Catholic notion of justification, I always mention a wonderful paper written in 1987 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School by Richard White. At the time, White was a non-Catholic--though he later came into the Church. White's treatment is probably the best summary of the teaching of the Council of Trent I've ever read.
If you're a non-Catholic and you think that Trent teaches a works-righteousness theory of justification, you've got to read this. The title of the paper is "Sola Gratia, Solo Christo: The Roman Catholic Doctrine of Justification." He shows that the Catholic understanding of justification is essentially divine sonship.
The paper has just been added to the Saint Paul Center's on-line resource library.
You can read the paper here.