What Every Catholic Should Know

At every Sunday Mass, Catholics confess that Jesus came down from heaven “for us men and for our salvation.” But what does “salvation” mean? In this robust and accessible book, Scripture scholar and theologian Michael Patrick Barber provides a thorough, deeply Catholic, and deeply biblical, answer.

About the Book

Dr. Barber deftly tackles this complex topic, unpacking what the New Testament teaches about salvation in Christ, detailing what exactly salvation is, and what it is not. In easy and readable prose, he explains what the Cross, the Church, and the Trinity have to do with salvation. While intellectually stimulating, Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know is deeply spiritual, and at its core is the salvific message that God is love, and his love is one of transformation and redemption.

Series Summary

The new What Every Catholic Should Know series is intended for the average faithful Catholic who wants to know more about Catholic faith and culture. The authors in this series take a panoramic approach to the topic of each book aimed at a non-specialist but enthusiastic readership. Forthcoming titles planned for this series include: literature, salvation, mercy, history, art, music, and philosophy.


Michael Patrick Barber

Michael Patrick Barber is Associate Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. In addition to teaching, academic research, and publishing, he also gives popular-level presentations at Catholic conferences and parish events around the United States.


Dr. Barber has given us all a very precious gift: a book that shows both what Jesus Christ came into this world to save us from and, equally important, what he came to save us for.

Brant Pitre

Distinguished Research Professor of Sacred Scripture, Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology


In this marvelous and erudite book, Michael Barber cuts right to the biblical heart of the matter. In easy and readable prose, he shows us the love of Christ

Matthew Levering

James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary


Dr. Michael Barber is an outstanding scripture scholar and theologian! This book proves it. Want a deeper understanding of the purpose and mission of Jesus? Look no further. Want to know what redemption and salvation are all about? This incredible book has the answers you’ve been looking for!

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

Author of 10 Wonders of the Rosary


Michael Barber has penned a wonderful book for laypersons and scholars alike. This volume is a terrific compendium highlighting the amazing gift of salvation, the great mystery of Christ’s own life and love offered to us.

—Thomas Esposito, O. Cist.

Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Dallas


Barber offers a robust, edifying, and multifaceted account of God’s gracious gift of salvation. With his eye primarily on the biblical text and secondarily upon the Catechism, Barber’s work will help clarify misconceptions Protestants have regarding the Catholic understanding of salvation and helpfully shines light on where true differences remain.

—Joshua W. Jipp

Associate Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


This book is both accessible and deep; intellectually stimulating, with an eye toward what matters most: entering into the Trinitarian life of God, now and for all eternity. This book will make you want to pray, with awe and wonder at the majestic splendor of salvation.

—Andrew Swafford

Associate Professor of Theology, Benedictine College