cheap grace

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It’s always interesting to me when I discover exactly where and when a Christianese term originated, especially if the source isn’t just “the Bible.”

Yesterday I learned that the common expression cheap grace is a relatively recent word in Christianese—it first appeared in English in its current meaning in 1948 in the first English translation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic book The Cost of Discipleship. See below for draft entry.

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