What is grace? What is its purpose? How do we receive it? Who can receive it? Are there different types of grace? Are there mistaken or erroneous teachings about grace? How does modern research help us understand the idea of grace?
In Christian theology, the various names and types of grace share one key idea: a
second birth into a new and holy life, like
a seed in the ground that grows into a plant and bears fruit. In this new life of grace, a human being participates in the life of God, becoming one of His adopted children, and calling Him “Father”.
St Augustine, as a young man in the Roman Empire, speculated about the existence and nature of divinity. Only after his conversion into the life of grace, however, did he speak to God in personal, passionate, and intimate terms: “Late have I loved You, O beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved You!”