Jimmy Dunn (a key theologian of the New Perspective on Paul) on Luther and justification by faith

The insight granted to Luther has remained at the heart of Protestant Christian thought: ‘Justification by faith’ is a sharp sword which punctures all inflated thoughts of self-importance. It is a sharp knife which cuts away all reliance on human effort, on human cleverness. It is a sharp spade which undermines any attempt to build our own protective barriers or control our own destiny. It cuts through all human pretence, all human self-assurance, all human boasting. God accepts not the important, or the activist, or the clever, or the powerful as such. It is the sinner he accepts. That is an insight which has been applied over and over again in Christian critique of false religiosisty and political systems. It is an insight which must never be lost from the gospel….

There is more to it, of course.

James D. G. (“Jimmy”) Dunn quoted by Scot McKnight from James D. G. Dunn, Alan M. Suggate, The Justice of God: A Fresh Look at the Old Doctrine of Justification by Faith, 8-9 quoted by Scot McKnight in A Community Called Atonement, 96.

prayer for the sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer