Christian Theologies of SalvationA Comparative Introduction

Christian Theologies of SalvationA Comparative Introduction

Justin S. Holcomb

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9780814724439

Publisher: NYU Press


This book introduces the reader to the great variety of distinctive interpretations within the Christian tradition regarding theologies of salvation, distinctive interpretations expressed by a wide range of Christian theologians. Christian theology is reflection on the one whom Christians confess as Lord and Savior. This reflection has been informed by the interest in salvation. The role of soteriology is to show why and how Jesus is significant. All Christian theologians would agree that Jesus Christ is the one through whom salvation comes, but to explain what that means has been debated throughout the tradition. Various contributors from a wide variety of Christian traditions address theologies of salvation, each bringing his or her own expertise to bear on theologies of the salvation as expressed in the work of specific theologians and in historical periods of church history, as well as cultural and sociological perspectives of the present. The theologies of the salvation are addressed from several angles—theological, historical, pastoral, and others. While there are many different perspectives regarding theologies of salvation, the recurring unifying theme is the role of the Trinity and the focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Table of Contents

Front Matter


Justin S. Holcomb

Part I Patristic

2 Origen of Alexandria

Thomas P. Scheck

4 Saint Augustine

David Vincent Meconi, SJ

5 Athanasius

John Yocum

6 The Cappadocians

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

Part II Middle Ages

8 Anselm of Canterbury

Giles E. M. Gasper

9 Saint Thomas Aquinas

R. Jared Staudt

10 Julian of Norwich

Kerrie Hide

Part III Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation

12 Martin Luther

Carl R. Trueman

13 John Calvin

J. Todd Billings

14 The Catholic Reform

Donald S. Prudlo

Part IV Eighteenth to Twenty-First Centuries

16 John Wesley

Thomas H. McCall

18 Karl Barth

Tom Greggs

20 Gustavo Gutiérrez

Michael Edward Lee