Works
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1. “Works” came into theology from St. Paul, who condemned the notion of justification through the “works” of the law and saw justification coming to man from the free, merciful grace of God, which is had in faith. Works (of the law) and faith are contrasted (Rom 3:20, 27f.; 4:2, 6; 9:12, 32; 11:6; Gal 2:16; 3:2, 10; Eph 2:9; 2 Tim 1:9; Tit 3:5), as mutually exclusive.

There can be no doubt, of course, that in the NT the word “work” (ἔργον) does not necessarily have the meaning which was sometimes given it by St. Paul. It can mean the obedient fulfilment of the …

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Karl Rahner, “Works”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_004740>
First published online: 2016



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