The awe of God’s saving love found in the Bible from beginning to end and how saints and scholars have interpreted that love from the Patristic period until today is carefully examined. Rev. Ryan presents the diverse approaches to salvation offered by the Fathers of the Church, like Irenaeus and Justin Martyr, and the great contributions of men like Anselm of Canterbury and Thomas Aquinas. Rev. Ryan clarifies the teachings of theologians like Karl Rahner and Edward Schillebeeckx. He demonstrates their strengths, potential and weaknesses in a compelling manner. Pius IX, Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI, as teachers of the universal Church, have contributed a great deal to this discussion of salvation. Papal teaching has especially opened up ways of thinking about how God’s grace might work outside the borders of the Church.
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