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April 3, 2014 Nature, Grace, Sin Whether man can do Good without Grace • Objection 1: we are in control of ourselves and so can do good without grace • Objection 2: if we can sin, then we have the ability to that—because we have freedom—and if we have freedom we can do good without grace. • I answer that… o Pre-fall man and post-fall man (“Pre-lapsarian”: prior to sin; “Post- lapsarian”: after exile from Eden). o We can do things in the realm of our nature: desires that which is beyond it, an infinite reality or “God”  What is appropriate to our nature transcends our nature—so we need grace to do good o Human beings existence relies on an act of grace o Acquired virtue (in the realm of ordinary activity); Infused virtue (given to us from beyond our nature).  We can’t fulfill the virtue appropriate to our nature because we fell from grace o The goodness in the creature given by God is still there but cannot embrace the fullness of it because of their fall, so we need the help of grace o No. Because God is the primary cause of all that exists, we exist because of grace  That human beings sin depends upon a higher grace, because we have freedom  Sin compromises human nature, but not so much that we don’t have any acquired virtues. Nature and Grace • Supernatural Grace: transcends human nature, but is part of it • Nature: tele
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