University of Erfurt

Dr. Jude Nirmal Doss: Doktorand

Universität Erfurt

Theologisches Forschungskolleg

Postfach 90 02 21

99105 Erfurt


Human Transformation: Becoming Mirror of Grace

“No Christian doctrine has met with so many heresies as the doctrine of grace, and this from the fourth century, the time of Pelagius, up to our own days,” says Peter Fransen. Many theologians have explored and tries to explore the meaning of grace according to the science of the time. However, the ambiguity in exploring the theology of grace is not completely ruled out. This thesis is an attempt in trying to clarify the ambiguity and to deepen the understanding. The key concept or word of this thesis is “Transformation,” which will be explored scripturally, theologically and contextually on the basis of experience and anthropology.  Scripturally: Paul uses this term twice in his letters (2 Cor 3:18 and Rom 12:2). Theologically: for the transformation of human the absolute necessity of grace is predominant (Augustine), which has to be experienced transcendentally (Karl Rahner), as well as, socially (Leonardo Boff). Contextually: Concept of grace, a theological term, which is present in many religions, is in no way confined to Christianity. In Hinduism grace (kripa) as the ultimate key required for spiritual self-realization. In Islam Paradise is something of immense value; a person cannot earn it by virtue of his deeds alone, but by the Grace and Mercy of Allah. This thesis is an attempt to articulate a comprehensive theology of grace relevant to Indian context. My personal contribution, as a catholic theologian as well as the citizen of India, could be to explore some agendas to promote the Inter-Religious dialogue in a more profound manner.  

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