Salvation, Justification, & “Faith Alone” (Index Page)

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(October 2010, 187 pages)
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GENERAL (CATHOLIC SOTERIOLOGY) / INFUSED JUSTIFICATION / FAITH AND WORKS

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Reflections on Justification [1994] *

Fictional Dialogue: Justification & Salvation [1995]

Justification in James: Dialogue [5-8-02]

Council of Trent: Canons on Justification (with a handy summary of Tridentine soteriology) [12-29-03]

Initial Justification & “Faith Alone”: Harmonious? [5-3-04]

Theosis and the Exalted Virgin Mary [7-11-04]

“The Prayer of a Righteous Man Availeth Much” (James 5:16: KJV): What Does It Mean? Dialogue with a Lutheran (vs. Stuart Floyd) [6-8-05]

Some Highlights of Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Spe Salvi (“Saved by Hope”): 30 November 2007 [12-17-07] *

Catholic Bible Verses on Sanctification and Merit [12-20-07]

Origen (c. 185 – c. 254 ) on Faith, Works, and Judgment [2-27-08; re-posted to Facebook on 1-27-17]

Reflections on Common Ground Between Catholics and Protestants (Particularly, Good Works) [4-8-08; posted to Facebook on 2-9-17]

St. Paul on Grace, Faith, & Works (50 Passages) [8-6-08]

Exposition on the Scriptural Relationship Between Grace, Faith, Works, and Judgment [12-16-09; reformulated, abridged, and posted to Facebook  on 3-15-17]

Bible on Participation in Our Own Salvation (Always Enabled by God’s Grace) [1-3-10]

Bible on the Nature of Saving Faith (Including Assent, Trust, Hope, Works, Obedience, and Sanctification) [1-21-10]

Justification: Not by Faith Alone, & Ongoing (Romans 4, James 2, and Abraham’s Multiple Justifications) [10-15-11]

New Testament Epistles on Bringing About Further Sanctification and Even Salvation By Our Own Actions [7-2-13]

Dialogue on Faith and Works and the Relation of Each to the Final Judgment (vs. Bethany Kerr) [10-10-13]

Salvation as a Process [2013]

“In Him / God [etc.]” as a Possible Biblical Expression of the Oneness of Deification / Theosis [Facebook, 3-13-14]

St. Peter Sinking (Faith & Jesus’ Expectations) [8-11-14]

“Catholic Justification” in James & Romans [11-18-15]

Philippians 2:12 & “Work[ing] Out” One’s Salvation [1-26-16]

Catholics, Protestants, & Justification [collection of 13 old papers; uploaded on 5-19-16]

Brief Exchange with an Anti-Catholic Regarding Whether Catholicism Teaches a False Gospel [Facebook, 3-18-17]

Reply to a Calvinist on Faith Alone and Works [of God Only?] [4-4-17]

Is God Alone Holy, According to Scripture? Or Can We Be Too? [5-3-17]

Debate with a Lutheran Pastor on Faith and Works [5-4-17]

“The Lord Helps Those Who Help Themselves” [National Catholic Register, 7-19-17]

Biblical Evidence for Salvation as a Process [National Catholic Register, 8-4-17]

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SOLA FIDE (FAITH ALONE): THE PROTESTANT VIEW 

Trent Doesn’t Necessarily Exclude All Variants of Imputation (Kenneth Howell) [July 1996; posted to Facebook on 8-28-17]

N. T. Wright: Rutherford House Lecture on St. Paul (With My Reactions) [5-11-04] *

Paul vs. Calvin: “Doers of the Law” Will be Justified [2004]

Luther’s “Snow-Covered Dunghill” (Myth?) [10-5-05]

Luther’s Projection of His Depression & Crises Onto St. Paul [6-1-06]

Alister McGrath on the Protestant Innovation (Corruption?) of Imputed Justification [8-28-06; posted to Facebook on 1-31-17]

Ecumenical Discussion on Comparative Protestant-Catholic Soteriology (with C. Michael Patton) [7-8-07] *

Church Fathers & Justification: Martin Chemnitz vs. Catholicism [9-9-07]

Church Fathers vs. the “Reformation Pillar” of Faith Alone (Sola Fide) [Including “Revised Protestant Standard” Variant Readings] [10-24-07] *

Final Judgment & Works (Not Faith): 50 Passages [2-10-08]

Origen (c. 185 – c. 254 ) on Faith, Works, and Judgment [2-27-08; re-posted to Facebook on 1-27-17]

Reflections on Common Ground Between Catholics and Protestants (Particularly, Good Works) [4-8-08; posted to Facebook on 2-9-17]

“Work Out Your Own Salvation” & Protestant Soteriology (vs. Ken Temple) [4-9-08]

Martin Luther: Good Works Prove Authentic Faith [4-16-08]

John Calvin: Good Works Manifest True Saving Faith [9-4-08]

Martin Luther: Strong Elements in His Thinking of Theosis & Sanctification Linked to Justification [11-23-09]

Martin Luther: Faith Alone is Not Lawless Antinomianism [2-28-10]

Catholics & Justification by Faith Alone: Is There a Sense in Which Catholics Can Accept “Faith Alone” and/or Imputed Justification (with Proper Biblical Qualifications)? [9-28-10]

Dialogue with a Lutheran: Salvation & Miscellany [10-14-11]

“Leaven” of the Pharisees: Hypocrisy or False Doctrine? (vs. Lutheran Nathan Rinne) [11-3-11]

The “Obedience of Faith” in Paul and its Soteriological Implications (Justification and Denial of “Faith Alone”) [from Ferdinand Prat, S. J.; Facebook, 2-1-12]

Bishop James White on the Book of James: His Juvenile “Challenge” Will be Met [10-7-13]

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SIN / MORTAL AND VENIAL SIN
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Dialogue on Mortal & Venial Sin [4-14-06]

Blaise Pascal on Ridicule and Sarcasm Regarding Sin and Folly [12-29-11]

 

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION / ETERNAL SECURITY / APOSTASY / PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS / PREDESTINATION / GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY
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Assurance of Instant Salvation / Salvation as a Process [c. 2000; posted to Facebook on 1-31-17]
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Predestination & Critiques of Calvinism [collection of old papers compiled on 5-19-16]
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Some Nagging Questions About Scorsese’s Silence [National Catholic Register, 2-19-17]
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LIMITED VS. UNIVERSAL ATONEMENT / ERROR OF UNIVERSALISM
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THE GOSPEL, FAITH, AND “PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS” 
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Catholics & the Gospel [collection of old papers compiled on 5-19-16]
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GRACE, CATHOLIC ANTI-PELAGIANISM, SYNERGISM, AND MERIT

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Catholic Views: Grace, Merit, & Synergy [collection of old papers compiled on 5-22-16]
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ORIGINAL SIN AND TOTAL DEPRAVITY 
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Protestant Founder Zwingli Denied Original Sin [5-27-06; posted to Facebook on 2-6-17]
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Total Depravity & the Evil of the Non-Elect (vs. John Calvin) [10-12-12]
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Last updated on 20 October 2017.
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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16577436069382434060 Chris M

    Dave,

    There's obviously a lot of different words thrown around between the various Protestant sects and Catholicism in relation to grace, faith, works, merit, sin, etc. I'm going to give an extremely simple analogy, and can you tell me if it reflects the Catholic teachings more or the Protestant?

    Guy is walking along a bridge and slips off. The water he falls into is much too strong for him to get out on his own (sin/fallen nature). A guy in a boat comes along and holds out his hand to the drowning guy (grace is freely offered). The guy grabs the boatmans hand (combination of faith and works) and climbs on board. Guy = saved.

    As far as I understand Christianity, our condition is, for the most part, along these lines. If one isn't careful, he can slip up in explaining it though. I can sensibly say that "the drowning man saved himself by grabbing the boatman's hand" and at the same time say "the boatman saved the drowning guy's life by offering his hand". These two sentences *seem* to contradict, but as long as the story is understood as it was told above, the confusion is only one of words. If, however, one tries to reason from the words to the story, it can be very confusing. It's hard to piece together backwards in that way, so to speak. Many Protestant sects (from my experience) don't focus on the story and instead (it seems to me) seize on one sentence and only that sentence, which leads to a distortion.

    But anyway, latin words aside, does the story above accurately reflect the Catholic understanding of our salvation? (Disregarding Predestination, which I believe to be another case of focusing too much on sentences and losing the general idea)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16577436069382434060 Chris M

    I suppose to get more specific I could also say things like "the boatman pulls the guy out of the water" to emphasize more that it is the boatman who has, in a certain sense, the intial and greater task. But even if I didn't add this, the point would still remain that without the boatman's help, the man would drown.

    And would it be accurate to introduce the concept of merit by saying that, once on the boat, the drowing man is given some tools to go about fishing or whatever… that is, because he was first given these tools and saved, he is granted the ability to do good deeds(if we take fishing in the analogy as doing a "good deed". I know it's a stretch but work with me!)

    Would this be accurate?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    That's a pretty good description. God causes all good things by His grace; we cooperate along with the grace, so that or merit is just God crowning His own gifts (St. Augustine).

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    Again, for lack of time and energy I'll have to refer you back to my papers, because this topic is such a huge one.

    Right now I'm trying to concentrate mostly on generating more income, due to the economy which has done a number on our income.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16751516602395247675 Randy

    I do think you have to also give a picture of those who are not saved. Why not? Is it because they are not strong enough to grab the boatman's hand? Is it because the boatman somehow does not do everything required?

    The best Catholic analogy I can come up with is that people don't get saved because they choose to swim instead. Life on a boat can be very demanding you know. I have my pride. Maybe I can find a tree and get to shore that way.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18182251436190781481 Bob Waters

    C'mon, Dave. James and Paul use the word "faith" in different senses- just as, to be honest about it, Lutherans and Catholics do. When Luther wrote that "Faith alone justifies- but not a faith that is alone," do you seriously intend to suggest that James would have disagreed?

    Nothing at all wrong with saying, "The drowning man saved himself by grabbing the boatman's hand-" if it's clearly understood that it was the boatman who made it possible for the suicidally drowning man to want to live. Otherwise the example doesn't even meet the test of Catholic theology, and only a Pelagian (or a Finneyite "Protestant") could accept the formulation.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    Do you think it is possible to be a Catholic who accepts all Catholic dogmas and still be a Christian, Bob? Is Catholicism a legitimate species of Christianity?