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Title: Yves Congar and the Salvation of the Non-Christian
Author(s): MESZAROS, Andrew
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 37    Issue: 2-3   Date: 2013   
Pages: 195-223
DOI: 10.2143/LS.37.2.3038712

Abstract :
This article considers the theological position (and its development) of Yves Congar concerning the dogmatic axiom Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus and the Church’s relationship to non-Christian religions. The article first treats of Congar’s theological assessment of the axiom. It then discusses Congar’s theological speculations on how non-Christians can be saved. The final section considers the way in which Congar envisions the roles played by both the Church and non-Christian Religions in the concrete salvation of individuals. The section seeks to correct certain past interpretations of Congar’s position. The author brings to bear the Thomistic distinction between God’s antecedent and consequent wills in order to more adequately situate the religions’ respective roles in God’s plan of salvation. The last section is punctuated by bringing Congar’s mature position into a debate between G. D’Costa and T. Tilley on a similar subject.

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