Religion: The Grace of God

So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

—Romans II: 5-6 (Revised Standard Version)

So wrote Saint Paul, to whom God's grace was one of the cornerstones of his religion. In his epistles he referred to charis (grace) 100 times. What is grace? Neither the Apostles' nor the Nicene Creed defines it, and the nature of grace has been the subject of theological controversy since the Church was young. Those who want to hear more about...

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