Date of Award
Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Scripture References in this Resource
Matthew 13:55; 2 Timothy 3:15; Deuteronomy 5:5; Galatians 5:1; Galatians 5:22-26; Hebrews 12:21; James 1:25; James 2:17; James 2:8; Luke 16:1-9; Mark 6:33; Psalm 1:3; Psalm 19:8; Romans 3:2; Romans 3:21; Romans 7:12; 14; Romans 7:9; Romans 8:1
"The perfect law of liberty" is an expression which sounds strange. Even in secular use, a law is more often seen as a restriction of liberty than a guarantee of it, and theologically the problem seems as great if not greater.1This study is based on the belief that if James is allowed to speak on his own terms, he speaks as one who not only found the Law compatible with Christian liberty, but an essential part of it. This is particularly the case since St. James was one of the four half-brothers of our Lord mentioned in Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:33 for then the constant intercourse with Him who was full of grace and truth, in childhood as in manhood, must have prepared James to find in the Ten Commandments no mere outward regulations, but an inner law of liberty and love written in the heart.
Alliet, Paul, "James 1:25 and 2:12: The Perfect Law of Liberty and the Perfect Liberty of the Christian" (1991). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 53.
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