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The Salvation of Atheists and Catholic Dogmatic Theology

Stephen Bullivant


Since the Second Vatican Council (1962–5), the Catholic Church has formally declared the possibility of salvation for atheists: ‘those who, without fault, have not yet arrived at an express recognition of God’ (〉i〈Lumen Gentium〉/i〈 16). However, in the very same document, the Council reiterates the traditional doctrine of the necessity of faith, baptism, and the mediation of Church in order for someone to be saved (〉i〈LG〉/i〈 14). This monograph explores how these two, seemingly contradictory claims may satisfactorily be reconciled. Specifically, it asks – and ultimately answers – the question: ... More

Keywords: Salvation, atheist, Catholic, Vatican II, unbelief, anonymous Christianity, invincible ignorance, Rahner, non-Christians, 〉i〈Lumen Gentium〉/i〈

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652563
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Bullivant, author
Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, St Mary's University College