In honour of Robert Farrar Capon, who passed away last week, each morning this week I’m posting a quote or excerpt from his writings. Here’s today’s daily dose:

Grace cannot prevail until law is dead, until moralizing is out of the game. The precise phrase should be, until our fatal love affair with the law is over—until, finally and for good, our lifelong certainty that someone is keeping score has run out of steam and collapsed. As long as we leave, in our dramatization of grace, one single hope of a moral reckoning, one possible recourse to salvation by bookkeeping, our freedom-dreading hearts will clutch it to themselves. And even if we leave none at all, we will grub for ethics that are not there rather than face the liberty to which grace call us.

From Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace