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Salvation Themes
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The Christian doctrine of salvation refers to the deliverance of the human race or an individual from original sin by granting redemption, made possible through the sacrifice of Christ. For the worthy, the internal liberation from all evil will be fulfilled with the second coming of Christ at the End of Days, and entering paradise. Theologically, the use of salvation iconography on reliquaries points to the belief that God awards the saint preasentia, a double presence: the saint's body rests on earth inside the reliquary, yet his soul has already joined God in glor…

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Anastasia Keshman, “Salvation Themes”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 14 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00155>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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