Awareness of the Narrative: Do We Need to Know?

C. Stephen Evans

in The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith

Published in print April 1996 | ISBN: 9780198263975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600579 | DOI:
 Awareness of the Narrative: Do We Need to Know?

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This chapter addresses the question of whether historical awareness of the incarnational narrative is necessary for salvation or not; in other words, the belief that although the salvation of the human race depends on the career of Jesus, this does not necessarily mean that it is crucial for anyone to be aware of the incarnational narrative. The various arguments and views on this subject, and the problems raised by it are explored, in particular the fact that if, historical awareness of the narrative is necessary, then many people are excluded from the possibility of salvation for reasons that appear morally unacceptable. The different sections of the chapter are: the dilemma of historical particularity; how egalitarian is God?; and election and particularity. The author concludes that it is possible to take seriously the idea that the historical knowledge of Jesus is of tremendous value without holding that those who are blocked from conscious faith are permanently excluded from God’s kingdom.

Keywords: election; God as egalitarian; historical awareness; incarnational narrative; Jesus; particularity; salvation

Chapter.  6960 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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