"The Righteousness of God: Was Luther Right?"

Join Phoenix Seminary for a public lecture on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to discuss a key aspect of Martin Luther’s revolutionary theology

At the heart of Martin Luther’s theology was the belief that the “righteousness of God” is God’s gift of righteousness to needy sinners rather than his punishment of them. But Luther’s bold interpretation has been criticized by many scholars in the last century who argue that the “righteousness of God” in Paul is actually God’s saving covenant faithfulness. This interpretation has grown increasingly influential, especially among advocates of the New Perspective on Paul who reject the Reformation doctrine of imputed righteousness. In this public lecture, Charles Lee Irons weighs this new view and finds that it was Luther and not his modern critics who stands closest to Paul.

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Charles Lee Irons (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) teaches New Testament at the California Graduate School of Theology in Garden Grove. His dissertation was published in 2015 as The Righteousness of God: A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation (Mohr Siebeck). He lives in Los Angeles with his family and is a ruling elder of New Life Burbank (PCA). His writing can be found at http://www.upper-register.com.

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