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Religious Pluralism in Christian and Islamic Philosophy: The Thought of John Hick and Seyyed Hossein Nasr [NOOK Book]

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The philosophy of religion and theology are related to the culture in which they have developed. These disciplines provide a source of values and vision to the cultures of which they are part, while at the same time they are delimited and defined by their cultures.
This book compares the ideas of two contemporary philosophers, John Hick and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, on the issues of religion, religions, the concept of the ultimate reality, and the ...
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Religious Pluralism in Christian and Islamic Philosophy: The Thought of John Hick and Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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Overview

The philosophy of religion and theology are related to the culture in which they have developed. These disciplines provide a source of values and vision to the cultures of which they are part, while at the same time they are delimited and defined by their cultures.
This book compares the ideas of two contemporary philosophers, John Hick and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, on the issues of religion, religions, the concept of the ultimate reality, and the notion of sacred knowledge.
On a broader level, it compares two world-views: the one formed by Western Christian culture, which is religious in intention but secular in essence; the other Islamic, formed through the assimilation of traditional wisdom, which is turned against the norms of secular culture and is thus religious both in intention and essence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136110108
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 290
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Ch. 1 Intellectual Biographies 1
John Hick 2
Seyyed Hossein Nasr 13
Ch. 2 Religion and Tradition 27
The Origin of Religion 27
Religion and Change 37
The Sophia Perennis 43
What is Tradition? 46
Ch. 3 Knowledge and the Ultimate 55
The Religious 'Neutrality' of the Universe 55
Religious Experience 61
Religious Language 73
Knowledge as Vision 77
'Given Knowledge' or 'Gained Knowledge': Intellect and Reason 80
Is God Knowable? 88
To Know is to be Saved 93
Ch. 4 The Need for a Pluralistic Approach in Religion 98
Globalization and Religion 98
Religious Identity and Fortuity of 'Birth' 101
Absolute Truth Claims of Religions 103
The Diversity of Religions 107
The Cultural Limits of Hick's Hypothesis of Religious Pluralism 110
The Traditional Conception of Religions 114
Secularisation Process and the Eclipse of the Sacred 118
The Rediscovery of Tradition 123
The Limits of the Traditional Outlook 128
Ch. 5 The Ultimate and Pluralism 130
The Ineffable Deity 130
Does the Real Possess any Qualities? 136
The Real and the 'gods' of Religions 139
Salvation as Transformation 147
Some Critical Remarks on Hick's Hypothesis 150
God as Reality 151
The Ultimate in the Manifested Order 157
The Absolute in Diverse Religious Forms 161
An Assessment of Nasr's Account of Reality 168
Ch. 6 Christianity and Islam: Manifestations of the Ultimate 171
Christianity and Pluralism 171
A New Christology for a New World 175
Hick's Perception of Islam 182
Islam and Pluralism 186
A Theoretical Framework for an 'Islamic Religious Pluralism' 187
Historical Manifestation of the Principle of 'Islamic Pluralism' 196
Islam and Modernity 200
Christianity and Christ: A Muslim View 202
Notes 207
App Religions and the Concept of Ultimate 257
Bibliography 274
Index 286
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    Religious Pluralism in Christian and Islamic Philosophy: the Tought of John Hick and Seyyed Hossein Nasr

    This book is the result of an English university PhD completed by the author, who is a Turkish Muslim, now teaching in Turkey. The conception driving the book is a good one, and the study provides original research and a very interesting argument. Aslan provides a comparative study of two sorts of pluralists, one Christian (John Hick) other Muslim (Seyyed Hossein Nasr), who argue in very different ways that all religions are equal paths to the divine. What makes this an even more interesting book, although its promise is not fully attained, is that the author does not try to do this neutrally, but is clear about his own Muslim convictions. This book will be of special interest to those concerned with the Christian-Muslim interface of inter-religious dialogue. However, in as much as it touches on important philosophical issues, it will be relevant to a much wider audience who are interested in the way that religious relate. (Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 11, No:2, July 2000)

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