Being Salvation: Atonement and Soteriology in the Theology by Brandon R. Peterson

By Brandon R. Peterson

Karl Rahner’s conception of ways Jesus saves has garnered feedback. Rahner’s portrayal of Jesus has been defined through Hans Urs von Balthasar as purely notifying the realm of God’s salvific will. Others have doubted no matter if Rahner thinks Jesus “causes” salvation in any respect. Even Rahner’s advocates type his Jesus as a type of signal, albeit a good one, the primal Sacrament. yet one other significant and but underappreciated measurement to Rahner’s christology is his identity of Jesus as Representative—both our consultant prior to God and God’s sooner than us. As this kind of consultant, Jesus isn't a redemptive agent who accomplishes human salvation easily via an act, or even much less is he a trifling exemplar or notification. This Jesus doesn't simply “do” our salvation—rather, he's the locus of salvation itself. He not just “opens” heaven’s gates, yet he creates heaven together with his personal resurrection. Being Salvation uncovers this measurement inside of Rahner’s theology, bearing on it to different historic examples of consultant soteriology (e.g. Irenaeus’s idea of recapitulation) and to Rahner’s extra prevalent sacramental soteriological different types. It supplies particular consciousness to Rahner’s severe realization to the church fathers early in his profession, together with Rahner’s untranslated theology dissertation, E latere Christi(“From the part of Christ”).

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