What Must I Do To Be Saved? The New Perspective on Paul and the Catholic Doctrine of Justification


• What is the Catholic understanding of justification?
• Are Protestants moving towards the Catholic position?
• Is "once saved, always saved" biblical?

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  • 2 hours 15 min. (2 CDs / MP3)

    “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Since Jesus was first asked this question, perhaps no issue has had greater impact on the history of the Church. For the last five centuries, the debate over how a person is saved has sharply divided Catholics and Protestants. It is a question that impacts every single one of our lives, both now and in eternity. In this unique series, Dr. Pitre takes up the issue that stands at the very heart of the Christian Gospel: the question of salvation. In this amazing study, you will learn about:

    • The “New Perspective” on Paul: What is the so-called “new Perspective on Paul” that Protestant Christians are fighting about with one another? Why is this new perspective moving some Protestants closer to the Catholic view of salvation?

    The Catholic Doctrine of Justification: Many Christians are familiar with the Protestant belief in “faith alone,” but what is the Catholic doctrine of justification? What does the Council of Trent teach about grace, faith, works, and merit in the letters of Paul?

    Faith, Works, and Righteousness: What does the apostle Paul teach about grace, faith, and works? Does the Catholic Church teach that we can ‘earn’ our salvation? If not, what role do works play in our justification and sanctification?

    ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’?: Many Protestants believe in absolute ‘assurance of salvation’. But does the apostle Paul really teach this? What do Catholics believe? Once we have been justified, can we lose our salvation?

    Many Protestants (and some Catholics!) think that when it comes to salvation, the apostle Paul was ‘the first Protestant’. As this Bible study shows, nothing could be further from the truth! If you’ve ever wanted to dive into the question of how a person is saved and be able to explain it to others from a biblical perspective, then this is the Bible study for you.

    *** While there is some overlap between this set and Faith and Works According to Paul and James, this set covers more scriptural passages in the New Testament as they relate to salvation as well as the current state of Protestant Biblical scholarship. ***


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Customer Reviews

Based on 25 reviews

Deep and so informative

Rich and very helpful

Once again, Brant Pitre has been a blessing. I have enjoyed listening to this tape. Not only has my horizon widened on the subject but thequestions I was asking myself have all been answered. I totally recommend this tape to anyone who is still not sure what exactly is the teaching of the Catholic Church on salvation and justification but also to anyone who wants to know exactly what the Protestant Churches teach and where they are wrong.

Not what I expected

I was hoping it would give me insight into what Catholics believe about salvation verses protestant teachings. I must have misunderstood what this recording was about. I'm a cradle Catholic but I've just started learning the "what, why and how" we do the things we do. This program was too advanced for me.

Hi Pam. This particular talk is a little more advanced since Dr. Pitre discusses some of the great things happening in Protestant scholarship regarding their understanding of salvation and justification in Paul. This results in aspects of this presentation getting more technical. I will email you the MP3 'Faith & Works According to Paul and James', as it sounds like it may be just what you are looking for.
Great value

In the usual Dr. Pitre fashion, he's able to take a complicated subject and make it understandable. In this case, citing many sources, he brings to life the nuances of the doctrine of justification or righteousness. Well worth the purchase price to be better grounded in the arguments that have existed for hundreds of years.


What Must I Do To Be Saved? The New Perspective on Paul and the Catholic Doctrine of Justification