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date: 20 June 2019

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This chapter offers an overview of Catholic teaching on the relationship between creation and salvation. It begins by affirming the centrality to Christian theology of a fully Trinitarian vision of creation. Such a vision also involves a clearly articulated account of God’s non-competitive relation to the world. The same account governs both an account of the Creator–creation relation and the relationship between the two natures of Christ. Catholic accounts of Christ’s work and the nature of salvation are steeped in the ritualistic and symbolic imagery of second-temple Judaism, and sustain—in the face of the sheer mystery of divine action—a multiplicity of metaphorical languages. The chapter ends by comparing the approaches of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Karl Rahner as symptomatic of key debates in recent Catholic soteriology.

Keywords: creation, God, salvation, soteriology, temple, sacrifice, von Balthasar, Rahner

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