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Rethinking Morality’s Relationship to Salvation: Josef Fuchs S.J. on Moral Goodness

[The author explains Fuchs’s two distinct notions of moral goodness and their relationship to salvation. By linking moral goodness with the performance of right actions, the early Fuchs unwittingly made it more difficult for some people to become morally good, and thus to accept God’s gift of salvation. The later Fuchs overcame many of these problems by appropriating Karl Rahner’s theological anthropology, especially his understanding of the fundamental option, although Fuchs’s conception of moral goodness is still not entirely satisfactory. Building on Fuchs’s insights, the author then proposes an account of moral goodness which he judges to be more adequate.]

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