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"To Believe in the God who Saves"
The overarching theological question today is the question of salvation, or, said another way, what does it mean to believe in the God who saves? In one way or another, this enduring theological question has haunted every century of this two thousand year tradition. Even so, over the historical sweep of this lengthy tradition, there are often eras that have seen the foregrounding of particular dimensions of salvation and the receding of other dimensions. Over time, the pattern of foregrounding can, and often does, lead to a distortion. Such a distortion is now present in our contemporary understanding of salvation. While the best of the Catholic tradition claims that salvation is at once personal/individual and social, our time tends to understand salvation in narrowly individual terms. It is a matter of urgency that theologians re-imagine salvation by foregrounding its social dimension thereby challenging the all but exclusive, narrowly individual understanding.
Join us for this lecture and installation celebration, featuring Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Ph.D., the newly appointed T. Marie Chilton Chair in Catholic Theology.
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