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Contarini on Justification (7)

The next installment of Gasparo Contarini’s De Iustificatione. In this passage, Contarini continues his discussion of the various senses in which “faith” (fides) can be taken. Here he discusses it in the sense of fiducia, “faithfulness” (in reference to God) or “trust” (in reference to man), and he connects the latter sense to “hope” (spes). Translation But […]

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Contarini on Justification (6)

Having discussed the multiple meanings of “justice” and “to make/be made,” Contarini now moves on to treat the various senses in which the word “faith” (fides) can be taken. In the passage included below, there are four types of “faith.” First, Contarini has the distinction between the faith that is believed (fides quae creditur) and […]

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Contarini on Justification (5)

In today’s passage Contarini moves on from “justice” to “justification” and what “to make” means in the expression “to make just” (he does not here discuss whether this Latin term is the best one to render the NT conception expressed by δικαιόω and related Greek terms, but only breaks the Latin word into its components and […]

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Contarini on Justification (4)

Part 1; Part 2; Part 3 To illustrate the differences between the (merely) human types of justice he first discussed and the “Christian justice” that befits the sons of God, Contarini constructs a simile that points up the differences between rustic manners, which Contarini ironically calls the “urbanity” of rural areas, and those that are […]

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Contarini on Justification (3)

In the next passage (part 1; part 2), Contarini adds a fourth sense of the word “justice.” First he had listed the particular virtue of justice; then the universal virtue of justice; then “metaphorical justice,” viz., the harmony of the properly ordered mind. He goes on to say that none of these are sufficient for […]

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Contarini on Justification (2)

In the first passage, Contarini had discussed two senses of the term “justice”; he now adds a third (still working from the classical tradition), the metaphorical “justice” of a mind whose powers are all in harmony with one another, where the lower parts obey the higher, and the higher is in a state of rectitude. […]

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Contarini on Justification (1)

In 1541, Gasparo Contarini, a cardinal in the Church of Rome, wrote a short but fascinating treatise on justification in which he espouses a position that is neither quite the pure Protestant doctrine nor the later Tridentine doctrine. As far as I know (though I haven’t looked that hard), an English translation has never been […]