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Extra minimos nulla salus

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652563.003.0006

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Extra minimos nulla salus

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Two further difficulties with D’Costa’s account – at least when transferred to the case of a non-religious atheist – are addressed in this chapter: (i) the atheist’s seeming lack of opportunities to receive and cooperate with grace, and (ii) the doctrinal inadmissibility of post-mortem conversion. This is primarily done via an extended theological interpretation of Matthew 25.31–46 (‘Whatever you have done to the least of these my brothers…’), inspired by a specific strand of its reception in the Catholic hagiographical and magisterial traditions. Particular attention is paid to the witness and writings of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and the resources these contain for a (quasi-) sacramental understanding of the atheist’s graced encounter with the ‘anonymous Christ’ in his minimi (‘least ones’).

Keywords: Mother Teresa; Matthew 25; anonymous Christ; minimi; post-mortem conversion

Chapter.  12812 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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