Inclusivism about Salvation

Robert McKim

in On Religious Diversity

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199774029
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932610 | DOI:
Inclusivism about Salvation

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Various versions of inclusivism about salvation, or salvific inclusivism, are considered. All versions propose that religious outsiders, which is to say outsiders to one's religious tradition, may achieve salvation but add that, in one way or another, outsiders are not as well situated with respect to salvation as insiders. Versions that involve a single salvific route are distinguished from versions that involve multiple salvific routes. The possibility that another tradition can make a contribution to the achievement of salvation, while not itself constituting a way to salvation, is considered. Proposals from Ibn al-‘Arabi, C. S. Lewis, Clark H. Pinnock, and from Dominus Iesus, a recent Catholic statement on the salvation of outsiders, are discussed.

Keywords: inclusivism about salvation; salvific inclusivism; single salvific route; multiple salvific routes; Ibn al-‘Arabi; C. S. Lewis; Clark H. Pinnock; Dominus Iesus

Chapter.  14485 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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