Rescue for the Dead: The Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity

Hardcover | August 15, 2001

byJeffrey A. Trumbower

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Christianity is a religion of salvation in which believers have always anticipated post-mortem bliss for the faithful and non-salvation for others. Here, Trumbower examines how and why death came to be perceived as such a firm boundary of salvation. Analyzing exceptions to this principle fromancient Christianity, he finds that the principle itself was slow to develop and not universally accepted in the Christian movement's first four hundred years. In fact, only in the West was this principle definitively articulated, due in large part to the work and influence of Augustine.

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Christianity is a religion of salvation in which believers have always anticipated post-mortem bliss for the faithful and non-salvation for others. Here, Trumbower examines how and why death came to be perceived as such a firm boundary of salvation. Analyzing exceptions to this principle fromancient Christianity, he finds that the prin...

Jeffrey A. Trumbower is at St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195140990

ISBN - 13:9780195140996

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