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Nature and Grace: The Theological Foundations of Jacques Maritain's Public Philosophy

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Throughout his writings on social, political, and cultural philosophy—in short, public philosophy—Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) rejects a sharp division within Christian life between nature and grace. This rejection has important implications for his view of the human person, the kingdom of God, the Church, and the nature of Christian involvement in the world. My thesis in this article is that the debate over Christian witness in public life today can, in some ways, be seen as a dispute over a proper theological and philosophical understanding of the relationship between nature and grace.

Eduardo J. Echeverria, "Nature and Grace: The Theological Foundations of Jacques Maritain's Public Philosophy," Journal of Markets & Morality 4, no. 2 (Fall 2001): 240-268


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