What is Common Grace?

“Put simply, common grace responds to the question many have about our world: ‘How does the world go on after sin’s entrance and how is it possible that “good” things emerge from the hands of humans within and without a covenant relationship with God?’ Common grace is God’s restraint of the full effects of sin after the Fall, preservation and maintenance of the created order, and distribution of talents to human beings…  This is not a saving, regenerating, or electing grace, but a preserving grace extended to the world God has made, and is seen in the human inclination to serve one’s neighbor through work, pursue shalom in broken social situations, and defend equity in all forms of human interaction.”-Vincente Bacote from introduction to Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art

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