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.