The goal of common grace is not to perfect nature but to restrain sin and animate civic virtues and arts so that culture may fulfill its own important but limited temporal and secular ends, while God simultaneously pursues the redemptive aims of His everlasting city.

From: The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), p. 143.

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