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David B. Harned
Allegheny College (Meadville, PA 16335-3902)

The Meaning of Grace: Significance of a "religous" motif in/for a "nonreligious" world

Study of the meaning of "grace" in the Christian tradition with a reinterpretation of these meanings as they relate to contemporary secularization. ABSTRACT: Account of the principal meaning that Grace has held in the Christian tradition, with a reinterpretation of these meanings in reference to the contemporary processes of secularization. The essential meaning of Grace is the presence and power of the divine for, in, and with man. Traditionally the principal consequences of Grace has been understood to be community. What are the consequences of the disappearance of traditional society for our understanding of culture, community, society? Study draws heavily on social psychology and sociology. Fellow's previous works (Theology of the Arts, 1966; The Ambiguity of Religion, 1968; Secularization and the Protestant Prospect, 1970) have explored the relation between Nature and Grace in terms of the dichotomy--arbitrary or not--between the religious and the secular. Fellow chairs the national Selection Committee for Post-Doctoral Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship Program sponsored by the Danforth Foundation.

Project fields:
Philosophy of Religion

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$7,500 (approved)
$7,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1970 – 1/31/1971