How are we made right before God? This is perhaps the most theologically vexing and most frequently asked question of Christians. Generations of Christians have thought about it, and for centuries, theologians have penned countless books in trying to answer the question. Ritschl’s The Christian Doctrine of Justification and Reconciliation: The Positive Development of the Doctrine has become one of the most important and widely cited volumes on the subject.
This landmark work on justification explores forgiveness and renewal—being made right before God—in the context of all of Christian theology and practice. Ritschl explores how justification relates to the doctrine of God and the doctrine of Christ, and includes lengthy treatises on the consequences of justification. He closes with chapters on the effects of justification, including the implications for faith, prayer, and Christian moral calling.
At last there is provided what has been a desideratum for years—a really reliable translation of the great dogmatic work by which the most noted of modern theologians chiefly made his mark on the thinking of his age. . . . We are at length in possession of a translation which, in point of accuracy, clearness, and frequently even felicity of expression, is nearly all that the most exacting could desire.
Albrecht Ritschl was born in 1822, and became one of Germany’s most influential nineteenth century theologians. He studied at Halle, Heidelberg, and Tübingen. He became a professor of theology at Bonn in 1852, and taught there and at Göttingen until his death in 1889. Ritschl wrote and lectured extensively on Christian piety, religious feeling, faith, and the nature of human experience. However, The Christian Doctrine of Justification and Reconciliation: The Positive Development of the Doctrine is widely credited as his most popular and influential work.