Oecumenical Grace: Comparisons

Just for personal reference on my blog, here is a helpful article on the distinction between created and uncreated grace, which can help you understand this post: https://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/grace-created-and-uncreated

Eclectic Orthodoxy

In the concluding chapter of their book The Theology of Grace and the Oecumenical Movement, Charles Mœller and Gérard Philips address the differences between the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Reformed Churches on the mystery of grace. The Churches agree on the primacy of God and the gratuity of grace, and they agree that divine grace truly transforms the human being. Yet they describe the life of Christian living in different terms:

An Orthodox would say that the change made by grace makes a divine life possible; a Catholic, a holy life; while a Protestant would stress the battle against sin and the Devil. The encounter between God and man, in the process of salvation would be described as a ’synergism’ (Orthodoxy), an ‘enduring creation’ (Protestantism), or ‘actuation créée par acte incréé’ (Catholicism). (p. 37)

[The translator notes that the French phrase “actuation créée par acte incréé

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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