The universal work of the holy spirit in the missiology of Pope John Paul II

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Irish Theological Quarterly, ISSN: 0021-1400, Vol: 77, Issue: 1, Page: 83-98

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Peter John McGregor
SAGE Publications
Arts and Humanities; Religion
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This article examines John Paul II's understanding of the universal work of the Holy Spirit and the possible salvific role of other religions. It examines various critiques of his thought on these questions and concludes that, for him, the work of the Holy Spirit is never separated from the work of Christ. It maintains that, for John Paul II, there is no salvation apart from Christ, the Holy Spirit is working in every human heart, there are spiritual riches in other religions through which God can influence people, these 'seeds of the Word' are preparations for the fullness of the Gospel, and the Church plays a necessary role in mediating salvation to all. Dialogue with other religions and respect for their spiritual riches are not opposed to evangelization; rather, such dialogue and respect are expressions of evangelization. © Irish Theological Quarterly 2012.