Anxiety and Salvation. A Soteriological Miniature

Antoni Nadbrzeżny

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin , Poland
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0973-3625


Abstract

Inspired both by the phenomenological thought of Karol Tarnowski and Józef Tischner and the personalist theology of Czeslaw Bartnik, the article fits into contextual soteriology which deliberately uses the method of correlation. The aim of this article is to present the Christian meaning of salvation in the context of one of the most moving existential experiences, that is the experience of anxiety (Angst). The indelible phenomenon of anxiety raises important soteriological questions: Who or what can bring the fullness of salvation to men and women? In what circumstances is the experience of salva­tion possible to the human being who is called an “anxious existence”? The first part of the article shows the essential difference between anxiety and fear (in contrast to fear, the matter of anxiety is real but indeterminate). The second part presents an ambivalent character of anxiety (anxiety can lead to despair or to salvation) and human attempts to overcome anxiety through falling into an inauthentic existence (a utopia of “salvation by fashion”). The third part characterizes an “eschatological conscience” (a con­science filled with anxiety of tragic finality) and its antithesis in the form of a “soteriological conscience” (a conscience which is open to the possibility of salvation coming from God). The last part of the article argues that the phenomenon of authentic interpersonal encounter is a necessary condition to experi­ence the salvation coming from God in Christ.

Keywords:

anxiety, salvation, existence, eschatological conscience, soteriological conscience, encounter

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Nadbrzeżny, A. (2022). Anxiety and Salvation. A Soteriological Miniature. Verbum Vitae, 40(2), 447–465. https://doi.org/10.31743/vv.13150

Antoni Nadbrzeżny  antoni.nadbrzezny@kul.pl
The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Ks. Antoni Nadbrzeżny, profesor Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego Jana Pawła II, doktor habilitowany nauk teologicznych w zakresie teologii dogmatycznej, doktor nauk humanistycznych w zakresie filozofii. Zajmuje się współczesną teologią niderlandzką i flamandzką oraz myślą teologiczną i filozoficzną Paula Tillicha. Najważniejsze publikacje: Od Matki Odkupienia do Matki wszystkich wierzących. Mariologia Edwarda Schillebeeckxa, Wydawnictwo KUL, Lublin 2005; Sakrament wyzwolenia. Zbawcze posłannictwo Kościoła w posoborowej teologii holenderskiej, Wydawnictwo KUL, Lublin 2013; Filozofia zbawienia. Soteriologia egzystencjalna Paula Tillicha i Edwarda Schillebeeckxa, Wydawnictwo WAM, Kraków 2020.

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