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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).

[Late Latin salvificus : Latin salvus, safe; see safe + Latin -ficus, -fic.]

sal·vif′i·cal·ly adv.


(sælˈvɪfɪk) or


obsolete acting to save; saving
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Adj.1.salvific - pertaining to the power of salvation or redemption
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The mystery of God's salvific love in Jesus is dramatized when He was lifted up on the cross and given by the Father so that whoever believes in Him will not be condemned (John 3:14-21).
By healing the Syrophoenician woman's daughter, Jesus declares that while He is sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (cf Mt 15:24), the horizon of His salvific work is everyone, whether Jew or Gentile.
The Joy of Religious Pluralism is, in large part, a response to the congregation's assertion that Being Religious Interreligiously "is in open contrast with almost all the teachings of Dominus Iesus," the 2000 Vatican declaration on the "unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the church.
Further, Varkey insists that, as a consequence of this theology of continuity, Jesus' death on the cross represents just one of the many ways in which the Gospel presents God's salvific deeds.
Rensi's philosophical thought and works (Interiora rerum, 1924), Comparini maintains, may be original milieu through which the need for a salvific interlocutor (the dialogic 'tu' or visiting angel) would have been conceived as a necessity pre-existing Montale's poetic texts.
To begin exploring market theology is to marvel how comprehensive it is: there are sacraments to convey salvific power to the lost, a liturgical year, a calendar of entrepreneurial saints, and even what theologians call oeschatologyo (a teaching about the oend of historyo).
Responding to Kirwen's speech on the salvific agency of the paschal mystery and the innate human desire for salvation, he stated:
Many years ago, we thought of writing and directing a full-length musical in Filipino about the Blessed Virgin Mary and her life, within the context of her son, Jesus' salvific mission for mankind.
The resource explains that the theme arises from the sense that ecumenical cooperation and interdenominational relationships in Latvia are "based on proclaiming the mighty acts of the Lord," and that in times of change, the church must offer a unified message based on the salvific work of God in the universal history of Christian body.
Baptism is salvific in that repentance and water baptism are necessary for salvation.
As for the more explicitly theological contributions of the book, these are most apparent with the chapters included in parts two ("Diversity and Mercy"), three ("Supersessionism and Mercy"), and four ("Reconceptualizing Pluralism"), where the salvific validity of other religious traditions is engaged and debated.