- List of Contributors
- Creation and Ethics
- Redemption and Ethics
- Eschatology and Ethics
- Ecclesiology and Ethics
- Divine Grace and Ethics
- Divine Commands
- Tradition in the Church
- Reason and Natural Law
- Love: A Kinship of Affliction and Redemption
- Christians and Government
- Christians and Family
- Christians and Economics
- Christians and Culture
- Christians and the Church
- Ernst Troeltsch's <i>The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches</i>
- Anders Nygren's <i>Agape and Eros</i>
- Kenneth Kirk's <i>The Vision of God</i>
- H. Richard Niebuhr's <i>Christ and Culture</i>
- Reinhold Niebuhr's <i>The Nature and Destiny of Man</i>
- John Mahoney's <i>The Making of Moral Theology</i>
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Index of Names
- Index of Scriptural References
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Gilbert Meilaender is Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Professor in Christian Ethics, Valparaiso University.
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