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Law and Gospel
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A. State of the Question

1. The practical problem. The distinction between law and gospel helps us to define Christianity; it is regarded as the distinctive feature of the Christian faith as contrasted not only with Judaism but also with all pagan religions, with philosophy, ethics, and the like. Today, as in St. Paul’s time, that distinction is still an important matter for the Church’s mission and its relationship with the world; on it depends the Christ…

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Walter Kasper, “Law and Gospel”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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