John Hick's Pluralist Philosophy of World Religions

John Hick's Pluralist Philosophy of World Religions

by Paul Rhodes Eddy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754605124

ISBN-13: 9780754605126

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

"One of the most fascinating and controversial interpretations of diversity is 'religious pluralism.' According to John Hick's model of religious pluralism, all the world's great religions are equally valid ways of understanding and responding to the ultimate spiritual reality." This book offers an exposition of, and critical response to, John Hick's model.…  See more details below

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"One of the most fascinating and controversial interpretations of diversity is 'religious pluralism.' According to John Hick's model of religious pluralism, all the world's great religions are equally valid ways of understanding and responding to the ultimate spiritual reality." This book offers an exposition of, and critical response to, John Hick's model. Introducing the various interpretations of religious diversity being discussed today, this book presents constructive suggestions as to how things could be further developed to offer a more accurate, less confusing presentation of the various options in theology of religions. The standard threefold typology of responses to religious diversity - exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism - are explained and defended. Hick's pluralist interpretation of religious diversity is traced, culminating in a critical assessment of Hick's pluralistic model and an up-to-date summary of a variety of critiques directed toward Hick's proposal. Paul Rhodes Eddy concludes that Hick's present model is ultimately unsuccessful in retaining both of his long-cherished goals, a robust religious realism and a consistent religious pluralism, whilst overcoming the most difficult problem for the pluralist, the fact that the world's religions understand the divine in often contradictory ways.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754605126
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Series:
Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1Christian Responses to Religious Diversity1
2A Pathway to Pluralism : John Hick's Pre-Pluralist Thought23
3The Pluralist Move: Hick's Early Model of Religious Pluralism61
4The Development of Hick's Model of Religious Pluralism91
5Critical Responses to Hick's Religious Pluralism127
6'Does it Work?': A Critical Examination of Hick's Pluralist Hypothesis167
Conclusion201
Bibliography207
Index229

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