Paul S. Fiddes

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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‘Salvation’ assumes that the life of human beings and that of the wider natural world is distorted, self-destructive, or failing to reach its true potential. Against this background, ‘salvation’ denotes the healing or making whole of individuals and social groups, and the conserving of a natural environment that is ravaged and polluted by human greed. A Christian account of salvation is distinctive in several ways. In the first place, the salvation of humankind is understood as a progressive transformation into a more perfect image of God. Here the Chalcedonian confession of the perfect union of God with humanity in Christ points to the heart of the matter. Salvation is possible because Jesus is uniquely one with God, his response as a human son exactly fitting into that eternal movement of relation within God that is like a son relating to a father.

Keywords: Jesus Christ; salvation; atonement; sacrifice; human greed; healing; resurrection

Article.  10177 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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