HOW COULD THINKING ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS BE ENRICHED BY THE PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST?

  • Gerald O’Collins Australian Catholic University and University of Divinity, Melbourne
Keywords: Christology, Hebrews, High Priest, New Covenant, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Salvation, Theology of Religions, Vatican II

Abstract

Since the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), much has been written on the theology of religions and, in particular, on the question of salvation reaching those who follow other faiths. This article starts from Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, and the Letter to the Hebrews, and presents the priesthood of Christ as a high[1]priestly intercession that mediates salvation to all human beings and establishes a new covenant for all people. The article also draws on the letters of St Paul and the Gospel of John to emphasize the high[1]priesthood of Christ and propose a Christology of religions, which is developed at full length in the author’s A Christology of Religions (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018).

Author Biography

Gerald O’Collins, Australian Catholic University and University of Divinity, Melbourne

Gerald O’Collins, SJ: After receiving a PhD from the University of Cambridge, taught for 33 years at the Gregorian University (Rome) where he was also dean of the theology faculty (1985-91). As well as publishing hundreds of articles in professional and popular journals, he has authored or co-authored seventy-five published books. The latest include Revelation (Oxford University Press), Inspiration (OUP), Tradition (OUP), and The Beauty of Jesus Christ (OUP). In late 2020, Paulist Press (Mahwah, NJ) will publish a work he has co-authored with Daniel Kendall, Jesuits, Theology and the American Catholic Church.

References

A. Vanhoye, Old Testament Priests and the New Priest, Petersham, MA: St Bede’s Publications, 1986, 14.

A.T. Lincoln, The Gospel According to John, London: Continuum, 2003, 330-31.

C.R. Koester, Hebrews, New York: Doubleday, 2001

G. O’Collins and M.K. Jones, Jesus Our Priest, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, 1–68.

G. O’Collins, A Christology of Religions (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018) treats this theme much more fully.

G. O’Collins, Salvation for All: God’s Other Peoples, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, 248-59.

J.A. Fitzmyer, Romans, New York: Doubleday, 1993, 341-59.

J.M. Scholer, Proleptic Priests: Priesthood in the Epistle to the Hebrews, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1991.

P.T. O’Brien, The Letter to the Hebrews, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.

R.C. Bauckham et al., eds., The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009
Published
2019-12-01
How to Cite
O’Collins, G. (2019). HOW COULD THINKING ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS BE ENRICHED BY THE PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST?. Asian Horizons, 13(04), 533-542. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/3836