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“Gratia Non Tollit Naturam, Sed Perficit”

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There may be something to learn from the sheer riskiness of Paul's language of new creation—a riskiness one also finds in Karl Barth's conception of the Christological continuity between redemption and creation. This chapter sketches out these themes, will are both theologically coherent and exegetically responsible. It presents remarks oriented around some broad exegetical observations concerning the relation between redemption and creation. Finally, drawing on Barth and Bavinck, the chapter tries to show that the Pauline theme of nova creatio can be affirmed without surrendering the continuity between nature and grace. It discusses the doctrine of election as a means of articulating a continuity which is not merely given in creation itself, but which lies in the teleological ordering of creation towards God's redemptive act in Christ. Ultimately, it argues that the doctrine of election is the best way of securing a proper continuity between creation and redemption.

Keywords:creation; election; Karl Barth; nova creatio; redemption



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