JUSTIFICATION


JUSTIFICATION
   a technical THEOLOGICAL term used in the NEW TESTAMENT writings of PAUL to signify that act by which GOD restores humans to relationship with Himself. PROTESTANT REFORMERS and ROMAN CATHOLIC theologians disagreed as to how justification was to be interpreted. For the ROMAN CATHOLIC it means making just the SINNER through the infusion of SUPERNATURAL GRACE that blots out sin to regenerate the SOUL and makes it worthy of God the CREATOR. For the REFORMERS, justification is an act of divine FORGIVENESS brought about by FAITH on the basis of the SACRIFICE of CHRIST.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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  • JUSTIFICATION — La doctrine chrétienne de la justification de l’homme par Dieu exprime à la fois l’exigence radicale que Dieu a envers l’homme et le salut radical que Dieu donne à cet homme qui ne répond pas à cette exigence. La justification maintient ainsi la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Justification — • A biblio ecclesiastical term; which denotes the transforming of the sinner from the state of unrighteousness to the state of holiness and sonship of God Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Justification     Justification …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • justification — jus·ti·fi·ca·tion /ˌjəs tə fə kā shən/ n 1: the act or an instance of justifying 2: something that justifies; specif: a legally sufficient reason or cause (as self defense) for an act that would otherwise be criminal or tortious 3: the… …   Law dictionary

  • Justification — Jus ti*fi*ca tion, n. [L. justificatio: cf. F. justification. See {Justify}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of justifying or the state of being justified; a showing or proving to be just or conformable to law, justice, right, or duty; defense;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Justification — can mean:*Justification (epistemology) *Justification (jurisprudence) *Justification (theology) ** Bibliography for theological justification *Justification (typesetting) *Rationalization (psychology)ee also*Justify *cognitive dissonance …   Wikipedia

  • justification — Justification. s. f. Action, procedé par lequel on se justifie. Il sera receu à sa justification. je veux travailler à ma justification. Il signifie aussi, En termes d Escriture sainte, L Action & l effet de la grace. La justification des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • justification — [jus΄tə fi kā′shən] n. [ME justificacioun < OFr justification < LL justificatio < justificare: see JUSTIFY] 1. a justifying or being justified 2. a fact that justifies or vindicates 3. Christian Theol. the state or condition, necessary… …   English World dictionary

  • Justification — (v. lat.), 1) Rechtfertigung einer Sache u. bei Rechnungen die nochmalige Durchsicht u. Feststellung ihrer Richtigkeit; 2) bei Appellationen u. anderen Rechtsmitteln die Ausführung der Gründe der Einwendung des Rechtsmittels …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Justification — Justification, latein. deutsch, Rechtfertigung; bei Appellationen die Angabe der Gründe warum das Rechtsmittel ergriffen wurde; bei Rechnungen die Prüfung derselben; Justificatur, Genehmigung, Bekräftigung; justificiren, rechtfertigen; hinrichten …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Justification —   [engl.], Blocksatz …   Universal-Lexikon

  • justification — (n.) late 14c., administration of justice, from L.L. iustificationem (nom. iustificatio), noun of action from pp. stem of iustificare (see JUSTIFY (Cf. justify)). Meaning action of justifying is from late 15c. Theological sense is from 1520s …   Etymology dictionary


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