The two most popular Christian theories about God’s attitude toward unbelievers are Inclusivism and Exclusivism, and they have to do with how much knowledge of Christ a person needs to possess in order to be saved. Inclusivism is the belief that through Christ God may choose to save people who are Christlike, even if they have never heard of Christianity. Exclusivism is the belief that knowing about Jesus and confessing Christian faith is the only way to be saved.
“Both Inclusivism and Exclusivism would say that Jesus is the only way,” says Mike Caba, Professor and Dean of Faculty at Kilns College. “I’m going to just trust that He’s going to shake things out in a fair and just way, and I actually believe that will happen.”