Discussion: Tension in Paul and James

Thread: Read Romans 3:21 – 4:25. Then read James 2:14-26. Decide what the argument is in each passage and post a thread that briefly shows how Paul and James develop the arguments in the passage. Notice that Paul wrote that one is justified faith apart from works of the law (Rom 3:28) and that Abraham was not justified by works (4:20). Then notice that James says Abraham was, and we are justified by works and not by faith alone (James 2:21; 2:24). Then analyze both points within the flow of thought in Romans 3:21 – 4:25 and James 2:14-26 and suggest a resolution of the apparent tension between James and Paul.

Replies: After you have posted your reflection, you are to write two substantive replies/responses to other students’ posts. This response should not simply be a summary of the student’s post but should reflect on how this post has contributed to your understanding of the best resolution in the comparison between Romans and James. Questions or disagreement are acceptable (perhaps helpful), as long as it is done respectfully and with a clear and biblically-based explanation for the disagreement. If you are raising questions, you should attempt to at least briefly reflect on how you would answer the question you are raising. Make sure that your responses are adding to the conversation and not merely summarizing the other student posts.

Your thread is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of Module 3: Week 3, and your 2 replies by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the same module: week.

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