VU Professor Frank Macchia Has Book Named among ‘Ten Notable Theology Reads’

Vanguard University professor of systematic theology Dr. Frank Macchia has had his book, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, named as one of the Christian Century’s ten notable theology reads.

Historically, the premise of justification by grace through faith has been looked at according to Protestant and Catholic understandings. It has thus been limited to the question of whether justification is the reception of forgiveness by faith alone or the personal transformation that occurs as we cooperate with grace. Though some recent ecumenical discussions have tried to find a way to link the two, there have not been many successful efforts.

In his book, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, Macchia seeks not just to link Protestant and Catholic views, but to set them both within the larger framework of the Spirit of Life as the realm of Gods favor. Macchia argues that the role of the Holy Spirit has been underplayed regarding justification and that the notion of Spirit baptism can link and anchor distinctive Protestant and Catholic understandings of the doctrine. The resulting pneumatological theology of justification by faith results in a perspective on justification that is broadly Trinitarian in orientation.

Dr. Macchia teaches courses in Theology and Church History in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at Vanguard University. He is past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, was for over a decade Senior Editor of PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and a prolific writer, having published a much anticipated book for Zondervan titled “Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, along with the recent book released by Eerdmans entitled, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God. Macchia is also a frequent lecturer, having traveled as a guest speaker to a wide variety of venues including McCormick Theological Seminary, University of Southern California, MacMaster University, and Martin Luther University in Wittenberg, Germany.

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