William P. Loewe is associate professor of historical and systematic theology at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He is coeditor of Theology and Sacred Scripture (2002) and Jesus Crucified and Risen (1998) and the author of The College Student’s Introduction to Christology (1996). He has contributed numerous articles and essays to the Anglican Theological Review, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Heythrop Journal, Horizons, and Theological Studies.
What is the true story of God and humankind, and how does that story become a saving story? These are pivotal questions that constitute the narratives Christians tell about themselves, their values, and how the Christian life is to be lived. In shaping those stories into a coherent, intelligible framework that provides comprehensive meaning, soteriology—the doctrine of redemption—developed as a keystone to Christian consciousness. This study investigates that development of the soteriological tradition, from its beginning in the early church to medieval, Reformation, and modern accounts.