Lutherans: Justifying Justification

Man sins — and is saved. But is he saved through a life of piety and good works, or through abiding faith in Christ as Lord and Savior? The question of justification, which in the theological sense is the way in which man achieves freedom from guilt, is as old as Christianity, and so is the battle over what the right answer is. The latest skirmish in this theological war was fought this month in Helsinki, where 800 dele gates to the fourth Assembly of the Lu theran World Federation spent twelve days...

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