Following the Breadcrumbs: Jesus as Superfluous to Salvation? A Catholic Search

  • Peter Admirand
Keywords: Christology; uniqueness; pluralism; interfaith dialogue; Judaism

Abstract

In this personal reflection and analysis, I, as a Catholic theologian, grapple with the haunting theological question of Jewish scholars, David Patterson and David Berger: Is Jesus, for Jews, “superfluous to salvation?” In light of major advances in Christian-Jewish relations and dialogue, most recently in the 2015 Vatican document, “The Gifts and Callings Are Irrevocable,” I seek to follow and assess where the (theologically rich) breadcrumbs lead me. Context and personal narrative become the first path as I trace how and why I reached their question—and my deep need to try to answer it, amidst a wounded, if not broken Church, still reeling from the child abuse scandal, among other ills. I then turn to Peter Phan’s interfaith Christology as presented in The Joys of Religious Pluralism—an important touchstone book—to acknowledge how a change in the papacy from Benedict to Francis can be seen as opening up, if not momentarily avoiding, the over-policing of certain theological pathways. I then return to Berger and Patterson’s question in the conclusion which they ask in “fear and ‘trembling.”  

Published
2020-03-03
How to Cite
Admirand, P. (2020). Following the Breadcrumbs: Jesus as Superfluous to Salvation? A Catholic Search. Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 15(1). Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/scjr/article/view/12119
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Peer-Reviewed Articles