Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization

Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization

by Ralph Martin


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The question of whether and how people who have not had the chance to hear the gospel can be saved goes back to the beginnings of Christian reflection. It has also become a much-debated topic in current theology. In Will Many Be Saved? Ralph Martin focuses primarily on the history of debate and the development of responses to this question within the Roman Catholic Church, but much of Martin's discussion is also relevant to the wider debate happening in many churches around the world.
In particular, Martin analyzes the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, the document from the Second Vatican Council that directly relates to this question. Contrary to popular opinion, Martin argues that according to this text, the conditions under which people who have not heard the gospel can be saved are very often, in fact, not fulfilled, with strong implications for evangelization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802868879
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/07/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 765,321
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ralph Martin, S.T.D., is the Director of Graduate TheologyPrograms in the New Evangelization at Sacred HeartSeminary in Detroit, President of Renewal Ministries, and aConsultor to the Pontifical Council for the NewEvangelization.,

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Abbreviations xv

I Vatican II and the Priority of Evangelization 1

II Lumen gentium 16: Initial Observations 7

III Lumen gentium 16: The Doctrinal Development 24

IV The Scriptural Foundations of Lumen gentium 16 57

V Rahner and "Anonymous Christians" 93

VI Balthasar: Dare We Hope That All Be Saved? 129

VII The Pastoral Strategy of Vatican II: Time for an Adjustment? 191

Appendix I Lumen gentium 16 209

Appendix II Relatio on Lumen gentium 16 211

Appendix III Balthasar's Criticism of Rahner 215

Notes 219

Select Bibliography 289

Index 306

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