Will Many Be Saved?
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...
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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.
Ralph P. Martin (Ph.D., University of London, King's College) is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California; at Haggard Graduate School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University, California; and at Logos Evangelical Seminary, El Monte, California.
A prolific author, his publications include Philippians (co-authored with Gerald Hawthorne, Word Biblical Commentary Series), A Hymn of Christ, Jude and 1-2 Peter (New Testament Theology Series), Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon (Interpretation Commentary Series), Reconciliation: A Study of Pauls Theology (revised edition), and The Worship of God: Some Theological, Pastoral, and Practical Reflections.
Martin has served as New Testament Editor for the Word Biblical Commentary Series; he also edited the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters and co-edited the Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments with Peter Davids.