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John Finnis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.001.0001

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Grace and Humility

Grace and Humility

(p.225) 17 Grace and Humility
Religion and Public Reasons

John Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a 1992 university sermon on the grace of humility, expounding Germain Grisez's fresh understanding of that virtue as the particular gift enabling one to orient oneself and one's actions in harmony with an awareness that every good thing one has and does and achieves is a sheer gift. This account is developed by comparison with Plato's understanding of divine causality and human action, by reflection on the relation of human action to the divinely given heavenly kingdom. Plato's image of the divine puppet-master must be corrected, and can be, in light of the revelation of the world's real history as the building up of the Kingdom.

Keywords:   Grisez, humility, gift, Plato, divine puppet-master, action, Kingdom

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