A Critical Analysis of the Interpretation of the Doctrine of «Justification by Faith Alone» by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Gongola Diocese
2 Contextualization: A Vital Tool for Creating an Informed Interpretation and Appropriation of Justification by Faith Alone
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A Vital Tool for Creating an Informed Interpretation and Appropriation of Justificationby FaithAlone
In the previous chapter the general background of the study was introduced and discussed. The motivations for and rationale of the study were given along with the research question and objectives. The overview of the study was also presented. The current chapter attempts to examine how contextualization can be used as a tool for creating an informed understanding and interpretation of justification by faith alone. This is done through a review of literature that deals with the three theoretical assumptions that undergird this study.
Contextualization is built on the assumption that consciously or not, all theologies are born out of a social condition and the needs of a particular context (Patte 2010: 277). It was Shoki Coe who, under the auspices of the World Council of Churches Theological Education Fund programme, gave the term a new impetus in 1972 (Shenk 2005: 192–193 and Patte 2010: 277). However, it is pertinent to mention here that theologians need to use “the critical lens of a hermeneutics of suspicion” in their contextual theological exercise so that it does not enslave rather than liberate (Nadar 2005: 17, Pui-Lan 2005: 60).
The doctrine of justification by faith alone was borne out of a historical context within a given culture in order to help people appropriate it in their ← 17 | 18 → day-to-day life experiences...
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