from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the intention or power to bring about salvation or redemption: "the doctrine that only a perfect male form can incarnate God fully and be salvific” ( Rita N. Brock).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Able or intending to provide salvation or redemption.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending to save or secure safety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to save or secure safety.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. pertaining to the power of salvation or redemption
I don't know about you guys, but I'm still having trouble with the word "salvific" It just sounds like some kind of unguent to me …
Such a position registers its own anxieties on the fragility of its privilege, and subscribes to its own political theology in cleaving to the salvific power of reason in political life.
Example 2: An excerpt (and note the salvific sense conveyed in the titles alone) from A Vision of the Grail, pub. 1992, in a chapter titled The Code of Codes, by molecular biologist (and Nobelist, no less) Walter Gilbert:
In summary, a well grounded skepticism is needed when scientists cum advocates seek immense governmental funding for their highly leveraged and purportedly salvific visions.
It is priests who are called to perpetuate this salvific mystery from century to century. ...
Similarly, the new expressions of the Church's ages-old faith  is intended to arouse faith and to convey the salvific value of what God has revealed so that modern man may discover the "meaning for life" of what the Church teaches.
One can expect the secularist hordes, lead by the likes of Obama, to attack the Church but this fifth column is of grave concern on a salvific, moral, theological and social level.
We all know that a "coffee break" within any utterly intense and seemingly impossible discussion can be salvific.
We then can no longer speak of the universal salvific will of God apart from his being made present, both historically and eschatologically, in Jesus Christ, the sole mediator between God and man.
Christian mission means that the appointed messengers witness to and proclaim the historical realization of the universal salvific will of God in Jesus Christ and celebrate the sacramental presence of that realization in the martyria, leiturgia and diakonia of the Church of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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