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Gerald O'Collins, S. J. and Mario Farrugia, S. J.

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728184.001.0001

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The Life of Grace and the Hope of Glory

The Life of Grace and the Hope of Glory

(p.211) 6 The Life of Grace and the Hope of Glory

Gerald O’Collins, S.J.

Mario Farrugia, S.J.

Oxford University Press

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:   final kingdom, Holy Spirit, last things, Pelagius, original sin, salvation

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