Stephen Bullivant

in The Salvation of Atheists and Catholic Dogmatic Theology

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652563
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740725 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs


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This introduction highlights the apparent tension in Lumen Gentium that frames the inquiry: the necessity of faith, baptism, and the Church for salvation (LG 14) on the one hand, and the affirmation that atheists are able to be saved (LG 16) on the other. It proceeds to set out the methodology with which this tension will be investigated and, ultimately, resolved. In particular, the normativity of ‘sacred scripture, sacred tradition, and the magisterium of the Church’ (Dei Verbum 10) for Catholic dogmatic theology, and the aspiration of ‘creative fidelity’ in interpreting them, are explained and justified. The meaning of salvation within Catholic theology is also, briefly, discussed.

Keywords: Lumen Gentium; methodology; magisterium; Dei Verbum; creative fidelity; dogmatic theology

Chapter.  4909 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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