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<i>The Life of Grace and the Hope of Glory</i>

Gerald O'Collins SJ and Mario Farrugia SJ

in Catholicism

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259946
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259941.003.0006
The Life of Grace and the Hope of Glory

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This chapter examines the present communion with God through Christ and the Holy Spirit and the consummation of this graced life in the final kingdom. The Catholic doctrine of grace emerged through two controversies. In the fourth and fifth centuries, Pelagius represented human beings as capable of achieving salvation largely through their own resources. In the sixteenth-century, Protestant Reformers highlighted the damage done by original sin, which has made human beings incapable of any good actions. In the twentieth-century, biblical, ecumenical, liturgical and patristic influences have enriched Catholic teaching on grace. The chapter ends by presenting Christ as the glorious destiny of the whole world, and by explaining the “last things”: death, resurrection, judgement, purgatory, heaven, and hell.

Keywords: Divinization; Freedom; Image; Jansenism; Justification

Chapter.  14342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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