Anonymous Christian is the controversial notion introduced by the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner (1904–1984) that declares that people who have never heard the Christian Gospel might be saved through Christ. Non-Christians could have "in basic orientation and fundamental decision," Rahner wrote, "accepted the salvific grace of God, through Christ, although may never have heard of the Christian revelation."
Traditionally, Christians engaged interreligious dialogue with the concern that open dialogue was a betrayal of Christian principles. The notion of inclusivism, for which Rahner's Anonymous Christian is the principal Christian model, is "the most popular of interreligious postures."
... The notion of Anonymous Christian has been criticized ... Fundamentalist Christians generally believe that the notion of Anonymous Christian explicitly contradicts the teachings of Peter, Paul and other Apostles ... which we must be saved." This group of Christians believe in "Christian exclusivism—the view that biblical Christianity is true, and that other religious systems ...
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