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date: 23 January 2020

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A great deal of human striving may be understood as a search for salvation, intellectual, physical, and emotional. This search generates stories, which are recorded in texts both sacred and secular. Religion, as part of human striving, searches for salvation through transcendence, and through the consequences for human life of divine action. This article focuses on Christian input into narratives of salvation, which is worked out in personal struggle, but also, as the tradition has shown, in community. It is this community element that is a recurring emancipatory theme. This may bring out the ecclesial dimensions of the Christian salvation theme: word and sacrament, participation and eucharist, worship and discipleship. Here too there are communities of damnation, where an irrational and wasteful dynamic tears communities apart, dragging individuals helplessly to destruction. The salvation theme is one of essential hope, but not an easy or unreflected hope.

Keywords: salvation, Christianity, divine action, theology, eucharist, worship, sacrament

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