Terminology Tuesday: Common grace

The grace of God that is extended not only to the elect whom God saves but to all human creatures and even to the natural order as a whole. Theologians who emphasize common grace say that it is God’s gracious action (“sending rain upon the just and the unjust”) that makes it possible for sinful humans to acquire knowledge and develop such positive cultural achievements as government and the arts.

Evans, C. S. (2002). Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (pp. 24–25). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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Richard Porter is apologetics ministry leader at Calvary Church of West Hartford in Connecticut and a Chapter Director with Ratio Christi. Richard has studied apologetics for over a decade. Prior to his conversion, apologetics was a huge part of what God used to reel him in to the faith. From the popular works of Lee Strobel to the more academic defenses of Christianity by William Lane Craig, apologetics has always caught his eye. He has a passion for equipping Christians to defend the faith and hopes to one day be in full-time ministry. He also has aspirations to pursue an academic career of his own if the Lord permits. In his spare time Richard enjoys exploring New Testament studies and analytic philosophy. In addition to his intellectual pursuits, Richard also enjoys kettlebell and martial arts training – particularly Brazilian and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. He also has two sons that are being trained as young apologists and martial artists.

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