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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…

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Ricardo Franco, “Justification”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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