The question of whether and how people who have not had the chance to hear the gospel can be saved goes back to the beginnings of Christian reflection. It has also become a much-debated topic in current theology. In Will Many Be Saved? Ralph Martin focuses primarily on the history of debate and the development of responses to this question within the Roman Catholic Church, but much of Martin's discussion is also relevant to the wider debate happening in many churches around the world.
In particular, Martin analyzes the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, the document from the Second Vatican Council that directly relates to this question. Contrary to popular opinion, Martin argues that according to this text, the conditions under which people who have not heard the gospel can be saved are very often, in fact, not fulfilled, with strong implications for evangelization.
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About the Author
Ralph Martin, S.T.D., is the Director of Graduate TheologyPrograms in the New Evangelization at Sacred HeartSeminary in Detroit, President of Renewal Ministries, and aConsultor to the Pontifical Council for the NewEvangelization.,
Table of Contents
I Vatican II and the Priority of Evangelization 1
II Lumen gentium 16: Initial Observations 7
III Lumen gentium 16: The Doctrinal Development 24
IV The Scriptural Foundations of Lumen gentium 16 57
V Rahner and "Anonymous Christians" 93
VI Balthasar: Dare We Hope That All Be Saved? 129
VII The Pastoral Strategy of Vatican II: Time for an Adjustment? 191
Appendix I Lumen gentium 16 209
Appendix II Relatio on Lumen gentium 16 211
Appendix III Balthasar's Criticism of Rahner 215
Select Bibliography 289
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This summary is acurate. One cannot say I'm not going to find out what the Church teaches 'cause then I might have to change the way I live. Others who refuse to accept the fullness of revlation will also have a hard time (who does not eat the fleash or drink my blood does not have life within him). That's why the new evangelization is so important!
This book was not really what it seemed to be. It was more of an argument against universalist understandings of salvation.