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DOI 10.12887/27-2014-4-108-03



Fr. Tomasz NAWRACAŁA – “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life” (Prov 14:27a). On the Development of the Notion of the Fear of the Lord in the History of the Church


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The Christian notion of the fear of the Lord defines the attitude of a human being towards God. The attitude in question expresses on the one hand the awareness of human limitation and sinfulness juxtaposed with the greatness of God Himself. Almighty God evokes in the human being the feeling of fear and anxiety about the future retribution. On the other hand, however, the Biblical tradition pointed out the necessity to stand in front of God experiencing His love. God is the Father for the human being, whose sins are forgiven out of love and who receives the gift of adoption out of love. The current article presents the most essential elements in the development of the notion of the fear of the Lord in order to show its value for the Christian life, as well as its significance to the Church as such.

Keywords: fear of the Lord, love, judgement, retribution, freedom, choice

Contact: Zakład Teologii Dogmatycznej, Fundamentalnej i Ekumenizmu, Wydział Teologiczny, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu,
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E-mail: ks.tomn@amu.edu.pl



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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887