PROTESTANT

REFORMATION SOCIETY

JOHNSTON ESSAY

 PRIZE COMPETITION

2015

 

 

Subject:

Justification by faith –

 

The article of faith by which the church stands or falls

 

 

 

 

The British Society for promoting the Religious Principles of the Reformation

was founded in 1827.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

 

1.   The object of this competition is to encourage students who are committed to the doctrine of the 39 Articles and who are in training for full-time Christian ministry to study thoroughly particular aspects of Reformed doctrine and history in relation to the situation of the Christian Church today.

 

2.   Candidates are expected to be genuinely committed to the maintenance of the principles of the Reformation and to wholehearted acceptance of the doctrine of the 39 Articles of Religion.   Candidates must declare their ex animo assent to the Articles on the entry form.

 

2.   Essays should be submitted to the General Secretary of the Society by the end of September 30th., 2015.   Their length should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography).   Candidates should submit a copy as an email attachment, and a hard copy (on A4, double spaced, with good margins, and on one side of the paper only).

 

3. Prizes are: 1st Prize – £250;   2nd Prize – £150; 3rd Prize – £100.

 

4.   The Executive Committee reserves the right to withhold the awards offered if, in the judgement of the Examiners, the essays submitted are of insufficient merit.

 

5.   All applications should be made as soon as possible on the official entry form; those accepted will be given a registration number to use on their essay.

 

 

 

 

Dr. D.A. Scales, General Secretary,

Protestant Reformation Society,

15 Grange Court, Cambridge, CB3 9BD

Email: reformationsociety@hotmail.co.uk

 

The Johnston Essay Prize Competition is open to students (men and women) who are genuinely committed to the maintenance of the principles of the Reformation and assent ex animo to the doctrine of the 39 Articles, and who are in training for full-time Christian ministry or Christian work.   Other students may be considered who are suitably qualified.

 

Candidates will be expected to give attention to the Reformation doctrine (as listed in the primary material) and its relevance to the situation of the Christian Church today (whether it is ‘The article of faith by which the church stands or falls’).

 

Otherwise candidates are free to choose what other aspects to explore (e.g., a wider review of Reformation teaching, or the understanding of the doctrine since the Reformation, or its place in recent ecumenical discussions, or recent discussions of its character and importance).   The list of secondary material is intended to be suggestive of possible avenues of exploration, and is not required reading.

 

Reading list

 

Primary material

 

Article XI

Some standard commentary on the Articles of Religion –

       e.g., T. Rogers, W. Beveridge, C. Hardwick, T.P.Boultbee,

E.A. Litton (Introduction to Dogmatic Theology), W.H.

Griffith Thomas

 

A Sermon of the Salvation of Mankind, by only Christ our Saviour,

in the First Book of Homilies

 

Secondary material

This list suggests some possibilities for further reading.  

 

Martin Luther, A commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians

(various editions – e.g. James Clarke’s, 1953)

William Tyndale, The Parable of the Wicked Mammon

(printed in Volume I of the Parker Society’s edition of his works)

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, III, 11 & 12 – 18

The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent (translated by T.A. Buckley, 1851)

 

Richard Hooker, A Learned Discourse of Justification

(Vol. III, 483 – 547, in John Keble’s edition of Hooker’s Works)

John Owen, The Doctrine of Justification by Faith               (Vol V, iii – 400,

in W.H. Goold’s edition [= Banner of Truth edition] of Owen’s Works)

 

J.H. Newman, Lectures on Justification (1838)

James Buchanan, The Doctrine of Justification (1867; Banner of Truth, 1961)

H.C.G. Moule, ‘Justification by Faith’

in The Fundamentals, Volume II (c. 1909)

 

D.B. Knox, The Doctrine of Faith in the reign of Henry VIII (1961)

Hans Küng, Justification (1966)

A.E. McGrath, Iustitia Dei: a history of the Christian doctrine of Justification

(1986)

 

Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission II,

Salvation and the Church (1987)

D.N. Samuel, Justification by Faith: Does Rome agree with Scripture? (1987)

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,

Observations on Salvation and the Church of ARCIC II (c. 1989)

 

P.H. Eveson, The Great Exchange (1996)

 

N.T. Wright, Justification – God’s Plan & Paul’s (2009)

J.D.G. Dunn, The New Perspective on Paul (2008)

Guy Prentiss Waters, Justification and the New Perspective on Paul: A Review

         and Response (2004)

John Piper, The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright (2007)

 

 PROTESTANT

REFORMATION SOCIETY

Incorporating the Fellowship of Evangelical Churchmen

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus   Romans 3:24

 First President: Viscount Mandeville, sixth Duke of Manchester

 President: The Rt. Rev. D.N. Samuel, M.A., Ph.D.

 

 

 

JOHNSTON   ESSAY PRIZE COMPETITION 2015

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH –

 

The article of faith by which the church stands or falls

 

 

ENTRY FORM

 

 

Christian name and surname:   ___________________________________________________________

 

Full address: _________________________________________________________________________

 

email address:   _______________________________________________________________________

 

 

Educational qualifications (e.g., degrees, diplomas): _________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

 

The university or theological college at which you are studying: ________________________________

 

The course you are following: ____________________________________________________________

 

The date of the start and finish of your course: ______________________________________________

 

 

I wish to be a candidate for the Johnston Essay Prize Competition 2015.   I assent ex animo to the 39 Articles of Religion and I believe the doctrine set forth in them to be agreeable to the Word of God.

 

 

 

Signature:     _______________________________________________

 

 

Date:   ___________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

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