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Grace & Justification: An Evangelical’s Guide to Catholic Beliefs

Grace & Justification: An Evangelical’s Guide to Catholic Beliefs


Does the Catholic Church teach that justification is by grace?

For 500 years the answer to this question has divided Protestants and Catholics.Many Evangelicals and surprisingly most Catholics believe that the Catholic Church teaches justification by unaided human works.

Isn’t it past time that both Evangelicals and Catholics investigate whether or not this 500-year-old answer is true?

Steve Wood presents a unique ecumenical perspective on several of the contentious doctrines relating to justification (such as works, merit, & infusion) by viewing them through the lens of our adoption by God the Father. He also encourages a simple, yet profound, way to grasp the priority of grace taught throughout the Catechism of the Catholic Church that many unfortunately miss.

Readers will learn:

  • The seven main points of difference between Protestants and Catholics on justification listed in an easy-to-understand one-page summary
  • Why it’s so easy for Protestants and Catholics to misunderstand each other
  • An amazing view of grace in light of this year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation
  • The surprising way Catholics interpret Romans and Galatians
  • What is the New Perspective on St. Paul and how this teaching is transforming beliefs on justification
  • How many media reports on recent ecumenical documents on justification are misleading
  • How C.S. Lewis uncovered an often ignored aspect of salvation by grace


“This is an amazingly accessible presentation of Catholic beliefs about justification and grace. Steve Wood writes with both clarity and charity.”
FRANCIS J. BECKWITH, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University

“In Grace and Justification, Steve Wood offers a clear, biblical, faithful — and peaceful — guide for addressing common misunderstandings that evangelicals have about Catholic teaching on salvation. But cradle Catholics will find it just as useful for brushing up on the basics. It’s simply the best primer I’ve read. Anyone who reads it — evangelical or Catholic — will be better for having done so.”
SCOTT HAHN, Ph.D., Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and founder of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology

“This fine book by Steve Wood is certainly one of the clearest, most readable examinations on the topic of justification I have ever read. It’s crucial to get justification right — for ourselves and for our families — since the consequences are eternal.”

 —MARCUS GRODI, author, TV & radio host, and President of the Coming Home Network
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