Grace without Nature

Kathryn Tanner

in Without Nature?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237227 | DOI:
Grace without Nature

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Must Christian theology have an interest in a stable, fixed, and clearly demarcated human nature, the sort of nature that biogenetics calls into question? If Christian theology can follow the lead of biogenetics in this regard, how would grace—the idea of a free gift of God beyond our natural created endowments—need to be reconceptualized, absent any reference to such a nature? By exploring a commonly overlooked and underdeveloped understanding of the way humans are created in the image of God, this chapter tries to show that Christian theology need not assume a human nature of the sort called into question by biogenetics. It develops an account of grace without nature in conversation with modern controversies, particularly in Catholicism, over the relationship between nature and grace.

Keywords: Christian theology; nature; grace; Catholicism

Chapter.  5864 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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