AutoreEcheverria Eduardo
TitoloThe Salvation of Non-Christians? Reflections on Vatican II's Gaudium et Spes 22, Lumen Gentium 16, Gerald O'Collins, S.J. and St. John Paul II
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Abstract This article considers the important question regarding the salvation of non-Christians in the thought of Gerald O'Collins, S.J., and Pope John Paul II, particularly with respect to their soteriology and Christology. The a. considers their interpretation of Gaudium at spes ?22.8, but also deal with O'Collins's interpretation of Lumen Gentium 16. The a. defends the Church's teaching that Jesus Christ's redemptive work is the full and sufficient means of salvation, and hence that the mission of the Church is to call all men to Jesus Christ who is the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5). Regarding the fate of the unevangelized, namely, those who through no fault of their own-the invincibly ignorant-have failed to respond to the Gospel, the a. argues for accessibilism and rejected inclusivism. He also underscores the importance of the distinction between the sufficiency and efficacy of Christ's atoning work, and in this connection the distinction objective and subjective salvation.