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The Faith of ‘Others’: A Biblical Possibility

O'Collins, Gerald (2015) The Faith of ‘Others’: A Biblical Possibility. Irish Theological Quarterly, 80 (4). pp. 313-326. ISSN 0021-1400

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Abstract

Jacques Dupuis, Paul Griffiths, and other scholars investigate the salvation available for those of other religions rather than the question of the divine revelation to which they might respond with faith. Biblical usage illustrates how faith is a diversified reality, including faith as content (fides quae) and as commitment (fides qua). Faith, described in Hebrews 11:1–3 more theologically than christologically, is then exemplified not only by Abraham and his descendants but also by pre-Israelites (Abel, Enoch, and Noah) and by the ‘outsider’ Rahab, a prostitute. When we unpack Hebrews 11:6, we can see in detail what ‘pleasing God’ through faith entails—for Christians and others. While both groups share in varying degrees the obedience of faith (fides qua), for the latter the content of faith (fides quae) can match the lesser requirements of Hebrews 11:1–3.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Dupuis, faith, Griffiths, Hebrews, revelation, salvation
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 01:31
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 01:44
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2142

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