No Salvation Outside the Church – Where did that theological idea come from, and does the Church still hold it today, and if so, what does it mean?

In this talk, we’ll look at the origins of this idea in the 3rd century, and its development through three major theological phases. We’ll explore why, today, we can neither hold the idea in its plain sense nor simply abandon it without ceasing to be Christian. Underneath it all the key question will be: when we talk about salvation and Jesus, what kind of God do we think we’re dealing with?

Ed Hogan is a former Jersey Shore lifeguard whose loves to bodysurf. He is the Academic Dean at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College, where he specialized in the relationship between theology and science. Ed is the Project Leader for a team at Kenrick-Glennon that recently won a $75,000 grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the integration of science into the Seminary curriculum. Prior to life in Saint Louis Ed served under (then) Bishop Carlson in the Diocese of Saginaw, MI, as Director of Deacon Formation, Director of the Center for Ministry, and Director of the Department of Formation. He has taught theology on the high school, college, and graduate school levels. Ed is a lector and EMHC at Saint John Paul II Parish in Affton. He and his wife Jen have been married for 25 years and have 6 children.