The Justice of Faith
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals and Dialog, Inc.
Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 121–127, June 2013
How to Cite
Fredrickson, D. E. (2013), The Justice of Faith. Dialog, 52: 121–127. doi: 10.1111/dial.12026
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
This essay proposes an alternative interpretation of Saint Paul's notion of justification by faith in his letters to the Philippians and to the Galatians. Justification is replaced with justice in the famous formula, and an erotic meaning of faith is emphasized in place of trust or weakly held knowledge. Eros and justice come together in Paul's use of nuptial imagery to describe his relation to Christ. Justice is communion, the sharing of all things. Faith is just because it is open to this communion.