Today Michael announced the availability of his article on πίστις Χριστοῦ in the apostolic fathers. Thanks for making that available Michael! Without giving away any of his argument he concludes:
“This evidence does not end the long-standing debate over the meaning of the πίστις Χριστοῦ passages in Paul; yet, I believe it does go a long way to assuage the deafening silence that has been used to drown out a subjective construal.”
I’m not sure how he quantifies “deafening silence” as my bibliography of this topic includes dozens of articles supporting the subjective understanding but perhaps he means within his context.
Michael R. Whitenton, “After ΠΙΣΤΙΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ: Neglected Evidence from the Apostolic Fathers.” Journal of Theological Studies. ?:? (2010): ?-?.
This article follows on the heals of another article on this subject co-written with Michael Bird:
Michael F. Bird and Michael R. Whitenton. “The Faithfulness of Jesus Christ in Hippolytus’s De Christo et Antichristo: Overlooked Patristic Evidence in the Πίστις Χριστοῦ Debate.” New Testament Studies. 55:4 (2009): 552-562.
UPDATE March 17, 2010. Loren Rosson III posted a lengthy interaction with Whitenton’s article today.