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Grace
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In common parlance the words “grace” and “gracious” denote a human attitude. A gracious person is kind, well-disposed, considerate, gentle, and ready to show favor, to pardon, or to show clemency. The terms also occur in courtly formulas. In a legal setting grace is shown by the authorities when a reprieve or amnesty is granted. The language of religion (cf. ideas of redemption in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Jainism) understands grace as divine assistan…

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Fahlbusch, Erwin, Roloff, Jürgen, Mehedintu, Viorel, Wagner, Harald and Heron, Alasdair I. C., “Grace”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G194>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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