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“Will Many Be Saved?”: The Book’s Contents

October 14th, 2012, Promulgated by benanderson

This is a multi-part book review on Ralph Martin’s new book “Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization” by guest submitter Dominick Anthony Zarcone.


The Contents

The book’s 7 chapters make up 208 of the total pages. The Chapters’ titles in order are:

  • VATICAN II AND THE PRIORITY OF EVANGELIZATION
  • LUMEN GENTIUM 16: INITIAL OBSERVATIONS
  • LUMEN GENTIUM 16: THE DOCTRINAL DEVELOPMENT
  • HE SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF LUMEN GENTIUM 16
  • RAHNER AND “ANONYMOUS CHRISTIANS”
  • BALTHASAR: DARE WE HOPE THAT ALL BE SAVED?
  • THE PASTORAL STRATEGY OF VATICAN II: TIME FOR AN ADJUSTMENT?

While anyone without theological training can decide to read only these chapters and find it easy to understand, the author includes 69 pages of thorough endnotes for those more inclined to research and read Martin’s sources.

There are 3 pertinent appendixes,16 pages for a Select Bibliography, 10 pages in the Index, 6 pages set aside for a preface, acknowledgments, and a list of abbreviations for Documents of Vatican II, Papal Encyclicals and Apostolic Exhortations, Curial Offices and Documents, and other Source and Reference Documents.

Dominick Anthony Zarcone


Of particular interest to me are the first 5 unnumbered pages of 16 endorsements by various Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Layman. This book comes highly recommended!

The contents of Dr. Ralph Martin’s book will satisfy the pastor, the scholar and the lay man/woman that the author knows his subject and has articulated well his argument with substantial evidence demonstrating thoughtful evaluation. Only the most recalcitrant will object to Dr. Martin’s exhortation for a renewed pastoral strategy that fosters the most important mission of the Church for the glory of God, the salvation of souls, the edification of the Church and extension of the Kingdom of God.

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