A Justified Divide

Gregg R. Allison compares Protestants and Catholics on the doctrine of justification.


Gregg R. Allison is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church, and Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment.

Ideas for further thought and discussion

1. If someone wanted to argue that the Reformation was a tragic and needless division in the church, try to sum up what we’ve seen so far: how would Luther and Owen respond?

2. If someone wanted to argue that the differences have been overcome since the Reformation, how does Allison’s article help us to respond? Have Protestant s and Catholics overcome their differences? Has any progress been made?

3. What might this article mean for how we try to connect with and evangelise people from Catholic backgrounds or immigrant communities from predominantly Catholic countries?