Now that Contarini has finished his discussion of the multiple senses of “faith” (fides), he appends a note on the multiple sense of “to justify” even when it is used efficiently–this is a further refinement of what he said earlier when, discussing the multiple sense of “to justify,” he divided the possibilities into “to justify efficiently” and “to justify formally.”
If anyone does not understand these things that we have discussed, he will not correctly comprehend the whole matter of which we are treating. Let us add that the expression “to be justified” or “to be made 1 just,” even when used efficiently 2, as we said above, is still able to be taken in two senses–namely, properly, as when someone, from being an unjust man, is made [efficitur] a just man; [and] also improperly [minus proprie], as when someone becomes more just, and advances from less justice to more justice–for which reason we also say that something is “made warm [calefieri]” 3 in two senses. (De Iustificatione, p. 590)
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