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The Christian doctrine of perseverance (or endurance) addresses the persistence of the relationship between the faithful and God, enabled by the working of the Holy Spirit (Spirit/Holy Spirit) in the midst of the changes and challenges that threaten it in the lives of the faithful. The New Testament itself uses varied language to address the problem (abide – depart, endure – fall away, stand – fall, etc.; John 15:4f.; Matt 24:13; 1 Cor 10:12f.). Augustine (De correptione et gratia; De praedestinatione sanctorum; De dono perseverantiae) was the first to consider i…

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Marquardt, Manfred, “Perseverance”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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