Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization


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Will Many Be Saved?
What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization
Ralph Martin, S.T.D.

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.

1. Vatican II and the Priority of Evangelization
2. Lumen gentium 16: Initial Observations
3. Lumen gentium 16: The Doctrinal Development
4. The Scriptural Foundations of Lumen gentium 16
5. Rahner and "Anonymous Christians"
6. Balthasar: Dare We Hope That All be Saved?
7. The Pastoral Strategy of Vatican II: Time for an Adjustment?
Appendix I: Lumen gentium 16
Appendix II: Relatio on Lumen gentium 16
Appendix III: Balthasar's Criticism of Rahner
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