Divine Grace and Ethics

Gilbert Meilaender

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Divine Grace and Ethics

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This article discusses the place of grace in the Christian life. It focuses on the following: the necessity of God's prevenient grace if the power of sin is to be overcome and we are really to love God; the relationship of grace and faith in bringing about the justification and renewal of sinners; and the contours of a life that is energized by confidence in divine grace already bestowed in Jesus, but, at the same time, lived in hope. Although this leaves much unsaid, it nevertheless draws into the orbit of grace many important themes of Christian moral reflection. It gives us one angle on the three chief theological virtues, it takes up themes deeply embedded in the Scriptures, and it directs our attention to topics that have been stumbling-blocks for ecumenical understanding and agreement.

Keywords: Christian life; grace; God; sin; faith; moral reflection

Article.  7932 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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