Justification
(2,276 words)

The concept of justification is a relative one. To be justified is not merely to be just but also to be acknowledged as such. And so it implies a relation with a judgment rather than a mode of being. Use of the term to designate a new aspect of the new being that Christianity gives us, dates from St. Paul’s controversies with the Judaizers. They held that a man is just if he observes the law by the minute keeping of particular commandments rather than by a general disposition to serve and love G…

Cite this page
Ricardo Franco, “Justification”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_002230>
First published online: 2016



▲   Back to top   ▲