"Extra ecclesiam nulla revelatio"?: God's self-disclosure to non-Christian religions in contemporary Catholic theology

The author explores the conciliar and post-conciliar documents of the Catholic Church in order to draw out the tensions and ambiguities of its position regarding the nature and role of revelation in the origin of non-Christian religions. Within the framework of this position, moderate Catholic theol...

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Published in:Journal of beliefs and values
Main Author: McLaughlin, Ryan Patrick
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge [2015]
In: Journal of beliefs and values
Year: 2015, Volume: 36, Issue: 2, Pages: 204-215
IxTheo Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
CC Christianity and Non-Christian religion; Inter-religious relations
KDB Roman Catholic Church
NBB Doctrine of Revelation
Further subjects:B Pluralism
B Revelation
B Catholicism
B Interreligious Dialogue
B non-Christian religions
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:The author explores the conciliar and post-conciliar documents of the Catholic Church in order to draw out the tensions and ambiguities of its position regarding the nature and role of revelation in the origin of non-Christian religions. Within the framework of this position, moderate Catholic theologians have argued that, as other religions have their origins in God's specific self-disclosure, they differ only in degree from Christianity. Their arguments combined with an in-depth analysis of Church documents yields the conclusion that the position of the Catholic Church is logically amenable to an affirmation of religious pluralism de iure. If the Catholic Church desires to officially reject this conclusion, it must explicitly address the apparent inconsistencies that its own theologians find in this rejection.
ISSN:1469-9362
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of beliefs and values
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/13617672.2015.1053600