This article discusses how ‘The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable’ attempts to rethink the theology of supersession. This is a huge step because supersessionism has been the backbone of the ecclesiastical position of Christianity on Judaism from the earliest period of the evolvement of the institutional Church. It informed the principle that Jews were tolerated in Christian society because they were deemed to be useful to Christians. The question is whether the document succeeds in what it sets out to achieve. The article wonders whether supersessionism can be put to rest as long as the Church holds to the position that ‘Confessing the universal and therefore also exclusive mediation of salvation through Jesus Christ belongs to the core of Christian faith’. It concludes with the suggestion that Edward Schillebeeckx’s approach to exploring how Christianity might find a way of accommodating a plurality of religions whilst maintaining its own particular truth claim unscathed could inspire creative ways to confront this issue.
Anna Sapir Abulafia is Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford.
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