Contemporary Perspectives in Philosophy of Religion
Edited By Sebastian Kolodziejczyk and Janusz Salamon
Salvation as Divine Action: A Philosophical Approach to the Power of Faith in Christ’s Resurrection
I. The Theme of Salvation in Contemporary Discourse
The concept of salvation still occurs regularly in ordinary language. It also appears, typically without being defined clearly, in a number of contemporary philosophical works far removed from Christianity.
It is striking how commonly the notion of salvation and related words (the verb ‘to save’, the nouns ‘saviour’, ‘salvage’) are used in most European languages. In French, people greet one another with the word ‘salut’, in Italian they say ‘salve’ or ‘ti saluto’, in German they say ‘salü’ (or ‘heil’ ‘heil dich’ in the past). Though people using the word in such situations may not know it, this recalls an ancient practice of wishing an interlocutor ‘salvation’ upon meeting. For instance, Pythagorean philosophers appear to have greeted each other with the word ‘health!’, ugiainein (a greeting also found in the New Testament, at the beginning of The Third Letter of John), and Seneca’s letters to Lucilius often begin with the formula: ‘Seneca Lucilio suo salutem dat.’ The themes of saviour, salvage, salvation, which are etymologically as well as conceptually related to that of salvation, are also increasingly common in political discourse (such and such a person is considered the country’s saviour), economic discourse (the salvage of a corporation), as well as computer discourse (we save or salvage data). Finally, on a funnier, but no less meaningful note, French supermarkets sell a shower gel called ‘Axe. Difficult Morning, anti-hangover.’ The product’s...
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