Does the World Want Salvation? The Victory of Faith, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Oct 19, 2021

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and


Almost exactly two years ago, when I was writing on the Acts of the Apostles for my series on the books of the New Testament, I pointed out a striking translation of Acts 28:28, a translation used in the Liturgy of the Hours as the meditation point for the Invitatory Psalm 67:

“You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world.”

For me, this translation of St. Luke’s words gave fresh impact to the Good News. However, the more common and complete renderings of this verse raise a separate question. They go something like this: “Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles”—which amounts to the very same thing—followed immediately by a statement of result: “They will listen.”

But will they really? Will all the world, that is, the Gentiles, actually listen? …

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