What Does It Mean to Be Saved?: The Theology of Salvation

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What Does It Mean to Be Saved?: The Theology of Salvation

  • Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
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Explore the power and mystery of salvation. 

Christianity is a religion of salvation, and Christ is the Savior—but what does it mean to be saved? In the New Testament and throughout history, powerful images and models have been used to describe the event of salvation.

Now, in What Does It Mean to Be Saved?: The Theology of Salvation, you will systematically explore these powerful images. Through these 12 brilliantly taught lectures, you will gain a much-enhanced understanding of salvation. You will examine such models as revelation, redemption, liberation, justification, expiation, reconciliation, and deification.

You will explore many of your most important salvation questions, such as: What is salvation? Who saves—and who is saved? What are we saved from and for? What is the role of Christ in salvation? When is salvation achieved? And, most importantly, how is one saved?

As Prof. Brouillette examines these questions and many others with you, you will encounter profound new insights into the Christian tradition. Your journey will be grounded in the Biblical testimony about salvation, especially in the New Testament. You will also draw on insights from theologians, the saints, the Church Fathers, and more.

On your journey, the depth and the breadth of the mystery of salvation will unfold before you, revealing how the union with the Trinitarian God is at the heart of being Christian. Exceptionally well taught, this course will reignite your faith.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introduction: Framing the Discussion
  • Salvation For: The Testimony of the Saints
  • Models, Mediation, and Moments
  • Salvation as Revelation
  • Salvation as Redemption: Christus Victor
  • Salvation as Liberation
  • Salvation as Justification
  • Salvation as Sacrifice and Expiation
  • Salvation as Reconciliation
  • Salvation as Deification
  • The Extent of Salvation
  • Conclusion: Salvation as Features and Prayer!
About Your Presenter

Fr. André Brouillette, S.J., Ph.D., S.T.D., teaches Systematic and Spiritual Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he also serves as Director of the Sacred Theology Licenciate program. A Jesuit priest from Quebec, Fr. Brouillette received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Centre Sèvres in Paris, an M.A. in philosophy from the Université de Montréal, and an M.A. in history from the University of Toronto. He then taught philosophy and Church history in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at the Grand Séminaire Notre-Dame and the School of Theology for Religious. He received a Master of Divinity from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Fr. Brouillette then earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology summa cum laude from the Institut Catholique de Paris, in addition to a Ph.D. from the Université Laval in Quebec City. His doctoral dissertation there explored the role of the Holy Spirit for salvation through the lens of the writings of St. Teresa of Ávila. It was later published as a book (part of the prestigious series Cogitatio Fidei) under the title of ...

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Summer Survey: July 2017
The topic was presented in a very comprehensive way. It reminded me of graduate-level theology courses I took with the Jesuits years ago. It definitely is more than a 101 or introductory course. But, even those who are new to the topic would be able to enjoy it and learn much. Review by Karl B, Fall River, MA, USA (Posted on 7/12/2017)
Summer Survey: July 2017
I am really new to this and I love it! Review by Sharon M Bretches, Langley, WA, USA (Posted on 7/11/2017)
Summer Survey: July 2017
Excellent summary of the multidimensional aspects of salvation. Answers saved "from what" through "to what." Review by Chris Treado Leesburg, VA, USA (Posted on 7/10/2017)
Spring Survey: April 2017
The clarity and flow of the presentation, the depth yet accessibility of the content, & its thoughtfulness and the way in which it inspired/provoked me to think about the meaning of what was being presented and its relevance in my own life. Review by William ... Minnesota (Posted on 4/14/2017)
A Fundamental Topic for any Christian
There was a time, when I was a teenager, that I became an agnostic. It was evangelical Protestants who first challenged my understanding of Christianity. The concept of “salvation” was at the core of their understanding of Christian belief. I converted to Catholicism, but in my attempt to come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be Christian, understanding that includes both faith and reason, the meaning of the term “salvation” remained a persistent stumbling block for me.

Unable to reach a satisfactory grasp of the concept I often passed over it and focused on other aspects having a life in Christ. Salvation and our need for it is a fundamental topic if one is to engage in the New Evangelization as well as interfaith and ecumenical dialogue.

Fr. Andre Brouillette’s series on the Theology of Salvation brings all of this home. Brouillette presents a clear, coherent, step-by-step inquiry into the Judeo-Christian understanding of “salvation.” This series helps listeners understand that there is not just one dimension to salvation; there are many aspects for Christians to consider. Thinking about the problem of salvation, with Brouillette as one’s guide, gives one a deeper understanding of the centerpiece of one’s faith. This series should also strengthen one’s ability to discuss Christianity thoughtfully with others.

If one understands what one means by “salvation” one will more clearly communicate why all humanity is in need of it, and this is essential for the New Evangelization.
Review by Matthew (Posted on 1/19/2017)
Fall Survey: October 2016
Salvation is a topic with so many different understandings. Fr. Brouillette covers many of them then explains how it fits into Catholic Theology. Review by Paul Gifford, Jessup Maryland (Posted on 10/11/2016)
Poor presentation
This is my fifth NowYouKnowMedia lecture series and the other four were good to very good. But Fr. Brouilette's French-Canadian intonation means missing key words or phrases while driving and listening. His soft, almost monotone style isn't good for staying awake either. Finally, he slips too often into professor's list mode (the five of this or eight of that) - OK for a class I need for credit while sitting in a desk at the local seminary. Not so good for retaining ideas while traveling. Review by Mark (Posted on 1/16/2019)
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