Sin and Salvation

Prof Dan Madigan S.J.
Georgetown University

Muslims are not alone in challenging notions of original sin and the sometimes rather mechanical theories of atonement and salvation that follow from it. Too often Christians seem to deny the goodness of God’s creation and even the justice and mercy of God.

We are pressed to find both a way of understanding of the reality of human sinfulness that does not simply lay the blame in the past, an understanding of the crucifixion that goes beyond a dubious settling of accounts, and a notion of salvation that can recognise God’s saving activity wherever it may be found.