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Inner GraceAugustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul$
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Phillip Cary

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336481.001.0001

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(p.127) Conclusion
Inner Grace

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Aspects of Augustine's doctrine of grace that are worth being critical of include his belief in the human capacity for intellectual vision; his belief that intellectual vision sees more deeply than faith in the Gospel of Christ; his belief in a psychological order of salvation that begins at a particular moment of conversion to faith; his location of the power of prevenient grace within the soul rather than in external signs such as word and sacrament; his notion that we can find God by looking within the self; and his failure to see that God is other and external to the self because he is the God of the Jews, and that this is a blessing for all nations.

Keywords:   Augustine, grace, vision, faith, conversion, sacraments, prevenience, Jews

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