Grace and Humility

John Finnis

in Religion and Public Reasons

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580095
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729416 | DOI:
Grace and Humility

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This chapter presents a 1992 university sermon on the grace of humility, expounding Germain Grisez's fresh understanding of that virtue as the particular gift enabling one to orient oneself and one's actions in harmony with an awareness that every good thing one has and does and achieves is a sheer gift. This account is developed by comparison with Plato's understanding of divine causality and human action, by reflection on the relation of human action to the divinely given heavenly kingdom. Plato's image of the divine puppet-master must be corrected, and can be, in light of the revelation of the world's real history as the building up of the Kingdom.

Keywords: Grisez; humility; gift; Plato; divine puppet-master; action; Kingdom

Chapter.  3312 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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