Carsten Johnsen, Ph.D., has dual citizenship (American and Norwegian), dual doctorates (philosophy, University of Montepellier, France, and theology, Faculte de Theologie Protestant, Montpellier), and a wide teaching experience in six countries. Presently he is a professor of theology at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.
This article deals with what some have called provocative ground in the theology of salvation. The councils of the church have echoed with the opposing slogans Sola obra! Sola fide! And in between some have tried to combine same faith and some works. Here the author, a Norwegian layman of experience and university training discusses the question whether real faith in God is ever unaccompanied by consequent works for God—even when they may not be dominantly apparent.