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Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization Paperback – August 20, 2012
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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....Read more ›
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Compiling centuries of theological development on the question of salvation from the early Church to Vatican II, this balanced book collates everything you need to know about this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicholas Silva
This book is badly needed in the Catholic world today. It is a very fine systematic treatment of the problem of universalism of salvation that is now in the air most Catholic... Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Pilon
many will be afraid to face the facts in this book
the research and information is astounding and can't be denied