Appeared in Fall 1990, Vol. XVI, No. 3

No stranger to the pages of this Journal, Fr. William Most once again reveals his theological lucidity in this essay which examines the role of works in salvation. This question, which has divided Christians since the time of the Protestant revolt, receives a fresh new look by this fine theologian.

If there is a superfluous line anywhere in scripture, it must be II Peter 3:16, for thinking we needed to be told Paul is hard to understand! Mighty indeed have been, and still are, the labours of exegetes to reconcile Paul with Paul.

One of the most difficult passages is Paul’s claim in Romans 2:6 that God will “repay each one according to his works.” How can this fit with freedom from the law and justification by faith alone?

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