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IMPUTATION

Attribute praise or, more generally, blame to someone whether the person is actually responsible or not. In Reformation theology the doctrine that says their sins are not imputed to those who are destined to be saved, because of the holiness of Christ. The same term is sometimes applied to Christ in the opposite sense. He allowed himself to be considered a sinner although he was innocent, and this humiliating imputation merited man's salvation.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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