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Paradox and Paul : Catholic and Protestant theologies of grace.

Kilby, Karen (2020) 'Paradox and Paul : Catholic and Protestant theologies of grace.', International journal of systematic theology., 22 (1). pp. 77-82.


John Barclay offers a capacious and helpful framework for reflection on large swathes of the history of the theology of grace with his notion of the six ways of ‘perfecting the gift’. In this article, I extend his analysis to a consideration of certain typical differences between Catholic and Protestant conceptions of grace. Where Protestant theology tends toward a juxtaposition of grace with sin, Catholic theology often considers grace in relation to nature, and each side, I suggest, has its own characteristic proclivity towards paradox.

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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Kilby, Karen (2020). Paradox and Paul: Catholic and Protestant Theologies of Grace. International Journal of Systematic Theology 22(1): 77-82 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:26 September 2019
Date deposited:06 February 2020
Date of first online publication:17 January 2020
Date first made open access:17 January 2022

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