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Who Can Be Saved?

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228621.003.0038
Who Can Be Saved?

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This chapter examines the question of salvation, looking at the Patristic Age, the Middle Ages, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, modern Catholic doctrine, Vatican Council II, and postconcillar developments. Using the New Testament as their basic text, the Church Fathers regarded faith in Christ and baptism as essential for salvation. The chapter concludes that Catholics can be saved if they believe the word of God as taught by the Church and if they obey the commandments. Other Christians can be saved if they submit their lives to Christ. Jews can be saved if they look forward in hope to the Messiah and ascertain whether God's promise has been fulfilled. Adherents of other religions can be saved if they sincerely seek God and strive to do his will. Even atheists can be saved if they worship God under some other name and place their lives at the service of truth and justice.

Keywords: Middle Ages; Patristic Age; Reformation; Catholic doctrine; salvation; baptism; Christ

Chapter.  5142 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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