Congruent Merit

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A Roman Catholic term designating the kind of goodness that is bestowed on a person because of the actions of another, such as Jesus' work on the cross bestows merit upon a person. If the reward is withheld due in the case of congruent merit, then there is no injustice.

Contrast this with condign merit (meritum de condigno) which is the goodness bestowed on a person because of the work of another person, i.e., Jesus' work on the cross bestows merit upon a person. If reward is withheld due to congruent merit, then there is no injustice.

See also Strict merit.

 

Summary of positionsCondign merit the kind of goodness that is bestowed on a person because of the actions of that person.  It is not owed but is kindly given.  If the reward is withheld, then that is not just). Congruent merit (merit from another) is the goodness bestowed on a person because of the work of another person. If the reward is withheld, there is no injustice. Strict merit (merit strickly due, as is a wage for work) is goodness bestowed as a contractural agreement between two or more parties.  If not given, it is not just.

 
 
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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.