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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.001.0001

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Salvation by Grace

Salvation by Grace

(p.204) 10 Salvation by Grace
Religion and Human Nature

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Christian doctrine of salvation by grace. Theologians and philosophers have argued that sinners owe God repentance, reparation, and penance, and they must do these things in order to be forgiven and attain salvation. The problem with penance is that it is very difficult to see what human actions could possibly make compensation to God. With this, it can be argued that salvation is a gift from God given through His grace.

Keywords:   salvation, God, grace, forgiveness, penance, repentance, theology

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