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Good Works
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I. Comparative Religion – II. Dogmatics – III. Ethics

I. Comparative Religion

In the vocabulary of comparative religious studies, the expression good works (Lat. opera bona) is a metalinguistic concept borrowed from the 16th-century debates of confessional Christian theologians. It falls within the ethical aspect of religion and presupposes innumerable object-language verifications.

Good works are human acts that are assessed positively by a religious community. The crit…

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Beltz, Walter, Krötke, Wolf and Ulrich, Hans G., “Good Works”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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