Disputed Questions In Theology And The Philosophy Of Religion / Edition 1

Disputed Questions In Theology And The Philosophy Of Religion / Edition 1

by John H. Hick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300065051

ISBN-13: 9780300065053

Pub. Date: 08/01/1995

Publisher: Yale University Press

When medieval theologians wrote their Quaestiones Disputatae, the disputed questions concerned relatively peripheral topics, for Christians agreed on all of the most basic matters. But today even the most central issues in Christianity are controversial, and Christian discourse itself is part of the wider dialogue that includes all the great religious and…  See more details below

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When medieval theologians wrote their Quaestiones Disputatae, the disputed questions concerned relatively peripheral topics, for Christians agreed on all of the most basic matters. But today even the most central issues in Christianity are controversial, and Christian discourse itself is part of the wider dialogue that includes all the great religious and philosophical traditions of the world. In this book a leading philosopher of religion offers fresh insights into some of the disputed religious questions of our time.

John Hick begins by addressing the most fundamental questions: whether religion is a wish-fulfilling projection or a human response to the Transcendent, and whether religious experience constitutes authentic awareness of a divine Reality. He then considers specifically Christian beliefs, such as the deity of Jesus and the problems encountered by attributing to Jesus both all divine and all human properties, and he suggests an alternative image of Jesus as a man extraordinarily open to and inspired by the divine spirit. Hick gives a personal account of how he has come to accept religious pluralism-that the major world faiths are different but equally valid responses to ultimate Reality. He considers how much Christians have to learn from Buddhism, discusses the ongoing dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and outlines a philosophy of religions-a conception of the relationship between world religions and between them and the ultimately Real. Finally he turns to the mystery of death and, using the resources of the world religions and of parapsychology, suggests a possible conception of life after death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300065053
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. IEpistemological
1Religious Realism and Non-realism3
2Religious Experience: Its Nature and Validity17
Pt. IIChrist and Christianity
3An Inspiration Christology35
4The Logic of God Incarnate58
5The Non-absoluteness of Christianity77
Pt. IIIHints from Buddhism
6The Buddha's Doctrine of the 'Undetermined Questions'105
7Religion as 'Skilful Means'119
Pt. IVReligious Pluralism
8A Personal Note139
9Jews, Christians, Muslims: Do We All Worship the Same God?146
10The Real and its Personae and Impersonae164
Pt. VLife and Death
11A Possible Conception of Life after Death183
Index197

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