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Without Nature?A New Condition for Theology$
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David Albertson and Cabell King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230693

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230693.001.0001

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Grace without Nature

Grace without Nature

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Without Nature?

Kathryn Tanner

Fordham University Press

Must Christian theology have an interest in a stable, fixed, and clearly demarcated human nature, the sort of nature that biogenetics calls into question? If Christian theology can follow the lead of biogenetics in this regard, how would grace—the idea of a free gift of God beyond our natural created endowments—need to be reconceptualized, absent any reference to such a nature? By exploring a commonly overlooked and underdeveloped understanding of the way humans are created in the image of God, this chapter tries to show that Christian theology need not assume a human nature of the sort called into question by biogenetics. It develops an account of grace without nature in conversation with modern controversies, particularly in Catholicism, over the relationship between nature and grace.

Keywords:   Christian theology, nature, grace, Catholicism

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