A Critical Analysis of the Interpretation of the Doctrine of «Justification by Faith Alone» by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Gongola Diocese
5 Research Design: Methodology and Methods
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Methodology and Methods
The previous four chapters dealt with background information to the study as well as the relevant literature on the topic, especially that pertaining to the theories underpinning the study. The first chapter introduced the study and discussed the background and context of the study. It also presented the motivations and rationale of the study including the research question: How does the interpretation of justification by faith alone by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (as an institution) enhance its understanding and appropriation by its members? After that the objectives of the research were given. The second chapter explored the issues of translation, interpretation and appropriation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone using contextualization processes of gospel and culture, translatability and contextual theological education as tools in this exploration. In the third chapter the missional journey of the doctrine of justification by faith alone was examined using the perspectives of three key church fathers: St. Paul, St. Augustine and Martin Luther. St. Paul has discussed the issue of justification by faith more extensively in the Bible than any other person. St. Augustine’s position on the doctrine of justification has played a significant role in the pre-Reformation Catholic Church and to some extent influenced the understanding of Martin Luther. Martin Luther, as the founder of the Lutheran ← 87 | 88 → Church, has a direct bearing on the context of my study, the...
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