Interview with Dr. Tom Schreiner– Faith Alone the Doctrine of Justification

by Dave Jenkins

Today I interview Dr. Schreiner about his new book, Faith Alone– The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught.. and Why It Still Matters (Zondervan Academic, 2015).

Topics from today’s episode include:

  • His life ministry, marriage, and upcoming writing projects.
  • What is justification?
  • Why is justification so significant to the Christian faith?
  • How Christians should respond to N.T. Wright and the New Perspective on Paul.
  • Why the doctrine of justification resonated in Europe during the Reformation.
  • How the doctrine of justification is under attack today.
  • Advice for Bible college and seminary students entering into ministry.
  • Why Christians should study church history.
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Biblical Theology.
  • Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology.
  • Recommended books and resources for studying the doctrine of justification and biblical theology.

About the Book:

51Kyd08qdZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the ‘solas’: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory.

In Faith Alone—The Doctrine of Justification renowned biblical scholar Thomas Schreiner looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of justification. He summarizes the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of several of the Reformers. Then, he turns his attention to the Scriptures and walks readers through an examination of the key texts in the Old and New Testament. He discusses whether justification is transformative or forensic and introduces readers to some of the contemporary challenges to the Reformation teaching of sola fide, with particular attention to the new perspective on Paul.

Five hundred years after the Reformation, the doctrine of justification by faith alone still needs to be understood and proclaimed. In Faith Alone you will learn how the rallying cry of “sola fide” is rooted in the Scriptures and how to apply this sola in a fresh way in light of many contemporary challenges.

About the Author:

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament and associate dean of Scripture and interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The author of numerous books, he is the preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Recommended Books and Resources mentioned in this episode:

The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments by Dr. Tom Schreiner

What Is Biblical Theology?: A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns by Dr. Jim Hamilton

Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants by Dr. Peter J. Gentry and Dr. Stephen J. Wellum.

Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible by Dr. Stephen Dempster

Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking A Pauline Theme by Stephen Westerholm

Justification by Grace Through Faith: Finding Freedom from Legalism, Lawlessness, Pride, and Despair (Explorations in Biblical Theology) by Brian Vickers

Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Imputation by Brian Vickers

The Future of Justification: A Response to N.T. Wright by Dr. John Piper. Download for free or get it on Amazon.

Counted Righteous in Christ by Dr. John Piper. Download for free or get it on Amazon.

Watch the writers of the volumes in the Five Solas series speak in these videos below:

2015 Theology Conference: The Five Solas – Panel Discussion

2015 Theology Conference: The Five Solas – Solus Christus

The Five Solas – Sola Scriptura

The Five Solas – Soli Deo Gloria

The Five Solas – Solus Christus

The Five Solas – Sola Gratia


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