Catholicity from Below: The Aspirations of Nature

Avery Dulles

in The Catholicity of the Church

Published in print October 1987 | ISBN: 9780198266952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600555 | DOI:
Catholicity from Below: The Aspirations of Nature

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According to the catholic view, nature is fundamentally good, even though marred by sin; it is elevated, not destroyed, by grace. Human intelligence and volition are oriented towards the free acknowledgement of truth and goodness. Catholic Christianity respects the body as well as the spirit. Human nature as it concretely exists has a desire for eternal blessedness—a goal that can only be achieved through the gift of grace. God is free in bestowing the grace needed for attaining the supernatural end to which he freely calls human beings. God's saving grace is not restricted to those who receive sacraments in the Church; it leaves its mark on human institutions, including non‐Christian religions. In view of her respect for the secular, the Church involves herself with the arts and sciences, education, economics, and politics, not in order to dominate them, but in order to leaven them by the gospel.

Keywords: Blondel; grace; Hügel; human nature; justification; Lutheranism; Tyrrell

Chapter.  7657 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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