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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (September 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802868878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802868879
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
For many years we have all appreciated Dr. Martin's considerable contributions to the mission of the Church. Now he gives us a profound doctrinal foundation for understanding and implementing the 'new evangelization.' This is a shot in the arm for bishops, priests, and laity as we respond to the Holy Father's call.


Donald Cardinal Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington, D.C.
Dr. Ralph Martin's Will Many Be Saved? contributes significantly to a richer understanding of our faith, helps restore confidence in the gospel message, and engenders a desire to share the truth of Christ's message. An important contribution to the pastoral strategy of the 'new evangelization.'


Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago
Martin clarifies a doctrinal point that has been often obscured but must be recovered as a necessary foundation for the 'new evangelization.' This is a uniquely important book."


Peter Cardinal Turkson
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Provides a refreshing reminder of the undiminished urgency and validity of the missionary mandate of Jesus to his followers to evangelize.


Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P.
Vatican City
These penetrating reflections will compel us to reassess our pastoral approach to the preaching of the gospel in our present circumstances. An important book.


Archbishop Robert Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis
Our response to the new evangelization will lack enthusiasm and conviction if we don't realize what's truly at stake here -- our eternal salvation in Christ. Ralph Martin's book provides much-needed clarity on these very important issues.


Bishop David L. Ricken
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Chairman, Bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis
I highly recommend that all Catholics and other Christians concerned with salvation give this important book the attention it deserves.

About the Author

Ralph Martin, S.T.D., is the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, President of Renewal Ministries, and a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.

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Gary Cusimano
Dr. Ralph Martin has written the best commentary on the Vatican II documents since those documents were published.
Sharelle Temaat
I would recommend this book for all serious Catholics and others who are interested in following thier faith.
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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Sharelle Temaat on November 15, 2012
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Dr. Ralph Martin has written the best commentary on the Vatican II documents since those documents were published. He explains in great detail that the teaching of Vatican II on hell has not changed because it's right there in Lumen Gentium; for example, page 26: "Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it, or to remain in it." The doctrine has developed to consider the salvation of those who never have a chance to hear the gospel, but it has not been abolished by official Church teaching.

So why has it gone away? Because of the speculations of Jesuits Karl Rahner, Richard McBrien, and Hans Urs von Balthasar and their hope that all might be saved. Their theology took the population by storm, dismissing almost 2000 years of constant theological and magisterial teaching that it is likely that the majority of the human race will be lost. "This is the view of Irenaeus, Basil, Cyril of Jerusalem, John Chrysostom, Augustine, Aquinas, Canisius, and Bellarmine, as well as many others" (p. 14).

As a result of the Iron Curtain coming down on hell, evangelization since Vatican II has lost its appeal. Modern popes and others have stressed the joy of belonging to the Church. But that is in stark contrast to the traditional focus on the eternal consequences that rest on the acceptance or rejection of the gospel that motivated almost two thousand years of missionary activity.

Reading Martin's book gives renewed hope to Catholics like me that there are solid reasons for converting or reverting to Catholicism, not just some fuzzy, feel-good, take-it-or-leave-it (mostly leave-it) attitude among so many for the past 50 years.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By longfortruthalways on November 15, 2012
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This book displays great resource as well as assent to the teaching of Scripture. Many since Vatican II have assumed that everyone (maybe minus persons like Hitler and Judas) will go to heaven--if someone died, now they are happy in heaven. Dr. Ralph Martin addresses this "false compassion" and compares it to what Scripture says: "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Matt. 13:7 RSV). Also he mentions Lumen Gentium, 16 which clearly does not say that "all" will go to heaven but that there are requirements for salvation. God does not force anyone into heaven.

Furthermore, Martin addresses Karl Rahner's and Hans Urs von Balthasar's theology which express it is likely that all will be saved. Though he realizes these are great theologians and have great works adding to the world of theology, in this particular area of thought they have drifted from Scripture and Catholic teaching. "Will Many Be Saved?..." is an excellent and well thought out book for the topic of salvation.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael Healy on November 18, 2012
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While he would not say it this way, Ralph Martin makes good observations in this book about the reality of Catholic teaching about the improbability of salvation for those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ. In the past century, many have arrogated to themselves the right to claim that universal salvation is certain, but they have no way to prove their point. Their arguments, including those of famous theologians like von Balthasar, all to often reduce to either naive optimism or childish name-calling, neither of which is the same as authentic Christian hope. Martin sets the record straight.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. Boor on March 9, 2013
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I consider Dr.Martin's book a most necessary one for the Catholic Church today - one which all serious Catholics, especially those who really love the Church, should read.

In this work, he's done a great service in signalling a clarion call for laity and Church leadership alike to re-assess the impact that the teachings of 20th Century theologians and the Vatican II documents have had upon how Catholics view sin in general, and salvation in particular.

However, despite his magnanimous effort in "Will Many Be Saved?", Dr. Martin utterly fails to address the most fundamental questions regarding sin and salvation:

Namely, what really constitutes Mortal Sin, and how widespread is it in the Church and the world today?

Because Dr. Martin has failed to address those two fundamental questions, I consider his work to be only a moderately valuable and successful one - thus, a ranking of only 3 stars.

Unfortunately, despite Dr. Martin's expose' of the horrifically negative impact upon the Church that the theological teachings Karl Rahner & Hans Urs von Balthasar have had over the past 50+ years, he fails to adequately address in his book the issue of Mortal Sin.

Today, the vast majority of Catholics today - both clergy & laity - believe that "mortal sin is rare anymore" and that "virtually everyone is a good person" and will attain Heaven; essentially, a belief in "quasi-universal" salvation. Even many "good and orthodox" Priests and laity essentially believe and/or teach this today....
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