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Wittgenstein and the Metaphysics of Grace
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Wittgenstein and the Metaphysics of Grace

Terrance W. Klein

Abstract

What is the meaning of the word ‘grace’? Can Wittgenstein's maxim that the meaning of a word is its usage help explicate the claims that Christians have made about grace? When Christians use the word, they reference within language the point of contact between humanity and the divine. This book suggests that grace is not an occult object but rather an insight, a moment when we perceive God to be active on our behalf. The book examines the biblical evidence that grace begins as a recognition of God's favour, before considering Augustine as the theologian who champions history rather than nature ... More

Keywords: Christianity, humanity, the divine, God's favour, Augustine, Aquinas, perception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199204236
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204236.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terrance W. Klein, author
Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University

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