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Vatican II on ‘Other’ Ways of Salvation: A Valid Interpretation?

O'Collins, Gerald (2016) Vatican II on ‘Other’ Ways of Salvation: A Valid Interpretation? Irish Theological Quarterly, 81. pp. 152-170. ISSN 0021-1400

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Abstract

Before investigating whether the Second Vatican Council agreed that ‘other’ living faiths can in some sense prove ‘ways of salvation,’ we need to clarify what the interpretation of texts involves. This article appeals to literary critics, philosophers, biblical scholars, and legal experts in maintaining that the interpretation of the Council’s texts should attend not only to the intentions of the authors but also to the texts (and the history of their reception) and their readers. On the basis of this integral view of interpretation, one can argue that Lumen gentium, Nostra aetate, and Ad gentes imply that in some real sense other faiths offer ‘ways of revelation and salvation.’

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Vatican II, Salvation, Valid Interpretation
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: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 05:19
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 01:08
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2362

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