- Gerald O’Collins
The beliefs that unite and shape the Catholic Church are examined in ‘Catholics on God and the human condition’. The Bible is seen to illuminate the deepest reality of God and human beings. While God’s ultimate self-revelation came in Jesus Christ, revelation also comes through sacraments, preaching, reading scripture, and prayer. The doctrine of original sin underlines humanity’s need for Christ’s grace; eternal life can only be attained through him. Catholics face death with a hope centred on the risen Christ. After death, further purification may be needed before the believer can dwell with God, while hell remains a possibility for those who deliberately refuse to love God and others.