Catholic Dictionary




That part of Christology which treats of Christ's work of salvation. It covers the study of man's fall in Adam and the sins of mankind, which needed a Savior, the doctrine of grace by which the guilt and consequences of sin are removed, and especially the twofold mystery of Christ as Redeemer and Mediator of the human race. (Etym. Greek sōtērion, deliverance; from sōtēr, savior; from sōzein, to save; from saos, safe.)