Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent / Edition 2

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Overview

In this classic work, prominent religious philosopher John Hick presents a global interpretation of religion, arguing for a religious response to our ambiguous universe and showing how the world’s different religions are culturally conditioned forms of that response. For this Second Edition, Hick addresses the major critics of his interpretation of religion, thereby enabling fresh discussion of his work.

Praise for the first edition:

“This book strengthens Hick’s position as one of the most significant thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century. . . . I highly recommend [it] to students of philosophy, history of religions, and comparative studies, as well as theology.”—Chester Gillis, Journal of Religion

“The most persuasive philosophical advocacy for religious pluralism ever written."—Yandall Woodfin, Southwestern Journal of Theology

“[This work] evinces Hick’s many virtues: ingenuity; fairness toward all arguments; deference to the standards of analytic philosophy; familiarity with Eastern as well as Western religions; and, not least, a clean, clear prose.”—Robert A. Segal, Christian Century

“A leader in interfaith interpretation of religion, Hick has written what will probably become a classic. . . . Clear, readable, and comprehensive.”—Library Journal

“Should be read by the adherents of all faiths.”—Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book strengthens Hick’s position as one of the most significant thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century. . . . I highly recommend [it] to students of philosophy, history of religions, and comparative studies, as well as theology.”—Chester Gillis, Journal of Religion

“The most persuasive philosophical advocacy for religious pluralism ever written.”—Yandall Woodfin, Southwestern Journal of Theology

“[This work] evinces Hick’s many virtues: ingenuity; fairness toward all arguments; deference to the standards of analytic philosophy; familiarity with Eastern as well as Western religions; and, not least, a clean, clear prose.”—Rogert A. Segal, Christian Century

Booknews
Hicks (philosophy of religion, Claremont Graduate School) discusses a wide variety of Western and Eastern religious traditions and argues that they represent different ways of affirming a transcendent reality. He presents a religious interpretation of religions as culturally conditioned responses to a universal divine reality, and he suggests that all religions seek to align believers with the same transforming reality, in order to achieve a kind of liberation or salvation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300106688
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 668,401
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hick is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and has held appointments at the Claremont Graduate University, California, the University of Cambridge, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Cornell University. His many previous books include Disputed Questions in Theology and the Philosophy of Religion, published by Yale University Press.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 The soteriological character of post-axial religion
3 Salvation/liberation as human transformation
4 The cosmic optimism of post-axial religion
5 Ontological, cosmological and design arguments
6 Morality, religious experience and overall probability
7 The naturalistic option
8 Natural meaning and experience
9 Ethical and aesthetic meaning and experience
10 Religious meaning and experience
11 Religion and reality
12 Contemporary non-realist religion
13 The rationality of religious belief
14 The pluralistic hypothesis
15 The Personae of the real
16 The Impersonae of the real
17 Soteriology and ethics
18 The ethical criterion
19 Myth, mystery and the unanswered questions
20 The problem of conflicting truth-claims
Epilogue : the future
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