This book is a gem. Ryan's comprehensive survey of images, metaphors, and theories of salvation is both a splendid compendium of what has been developed through the centuries of Christian tradition and a groundbreaking study that opens new ways of speaking of Christ's saving activity. It is both highly readable and refreshingly provocative, a must-read for anyone seriously thinking about soteriology.
Barbara E. Reid, OP, Vice President and Academic Dean, Catholic Theological Union
"Ryan's clear prose, good organization, and attention to defining key terms make this an excellent book for undergraduate courses. For graduate students, it will provide a reliable, up-to-date review of scholarship in the field and an introduction to some significant trajectories for ongoing research."
Jessica Coblentz, Catholic Library World
"Robin Ryan has produced a clearly organized, straightforward textbook that surveys soteriology from Christian origins to present."
In his latest work, Jesus and Salvation: Soundings in the Christian Tradition and Contemporary Theology, Robin Ryan provides an informative and judicious overview of Christian thought on the salvific work of Jesus Christ from the New Testament to the present. Among modern authors, Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Edward Schillebeeckx receive the most detailed attention. This well-written book should prove to be of interest and value to serious students of Christology.
John P. Galvin, Ordinary Professor of Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America
A clear, balanced, and reliable guide to the many ways that Christians have thought about salvation in Jesus Christ. Robin Ryan's book will help anyone seeking a deeper understanding of what Jesus' life, death, and resurrection mean for us today.
Robert Schreiter, Catholic Theological Union
"I do recommend this book to education Christian readers, most particularly to theology teachers, seminarians, and graduate students."
O. Ernesto Valiente, Theological Studies
This very well-researched, sensible, and accessible book covers the major questions to be raised about the salvation brought through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The divine concern for the whole human family and its environment is as timely a message as ever.
Gerald O'Collins, SJ, Emeritus Professor of the Gregorian University, Author of Jesus Our Redeemer: A Christian Approach to Salvation
Salvation is at the heart of Christian experience and teaching yet remains a complex and elusive notion. How are we saved? And why do we need to be saved in the first place? Thoughtful people of faith have wrestled with these questions from the very beginning of Christianity. In this exceptional book, Robin Ryan, CP, provides a trustworthy and illuminating account of the various explanations of `salvation' from its roots in the Scriptures through the course of history until the present day. He provides lucid and informative analyses of the wide diversity of Christian perspectives on salvation, spanning the foundational views of the Patristic era to the ecological and liberationist perspectives of the modern era. But this is not a simple cataloguing of others' opinions. Ryan's keen and clear interaction with these theologies of salvation and his own pastorally rich perspective on salvation and communion make this a singular contribution to contemporary the ology—one that will be esteemed by theologians and pastors alike.
Donald Senior, CP, President Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union