Fifth Dimension: An Exploration of the Spiritual Realm / Edition 2

Fifth Dimension: An Exploration of the Spiritual Realm / Edition 2

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by John Hick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1851683437

ISBN-13: 9781851683437

Pub. Date: 08/15/2004

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Drawing on mystical and religious traditions ancient and modern, and spiritual thinkers as diverse as Julian of Norwich and Mahatma Gandhi, The Fifth Dimension is John Hick's eloquent argument for a more complete reality, in which a fifth, spiritual, dimension plays a central role. Updated in the light of recent global crises, including the war in Iraq and the 9/11

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Drawing on mystical and religious traditions ancient and modern, and spiritual thinkers as diverse as Julian of Norwich and Mahatma Gandhi, The Fifth Dimension is John Hick's eloquent argument for a more complete reality, in which a fifth, spiritual, dimension plays a central role. Updated in the light of recent global crises, including the war in Iraq and the 9/11 attacks, this new edition also addresses a variety of timeless issues, including the validity of religious experience, and the science versus religion debate. Erudite, provocative and deeply moving, Hick's persuasive narrative will surely prompt all curious readers to re-examine their own spiritual horizons. Described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as 'one of the world's most distinguished philosophers of religion', John Hick has held professorial posts at Cornell University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Claremont Graduate University (California) and the University of Birmingham (England). He has delivered lectures across the world, and is currently a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. The author or editor of nearly thirty books, including the best-selling text Philosophy of Religion, his works have been translated into sixteen languages and his influence continues to shape the philosophical landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851683437
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgementsxiii
Introduction: The Big Picture1
Alternative pictures
The fifth dimension of our nature
The axial age
Sin or false consciousness?
Guilt or dukkha as the problem?
Transcategorial reality
Part IDrawing the Picture
1.Where We Start Today: The Naturalistic Assumption13
2.Naturalism as Bad News for the Many19
Hard and soft naturalism
No hope for the many
3.The Big Bang and the Ambiguity of the Universe25
Science versus religion: a false opposition
4.Windows on the Transcendent31
The window of the mind
Windows in the natural world
Windows in human life
5.The key to Understanding38
Perception as interpretation
Cognitive freedom ...
... in religious awareness
6.Turning the Critical Realist Key45
The transformation of information
Critical realism
Part IIThe Meaning of Life
7.The Religious Meaning of Life53
Practical meaning
Religious meaning
Cosmic optimism
8.Cosmic Optimism in the East61
In Hinduism
In Buddhism
9.And in the West70
In Judaism
In Christianity
In Islam
Part IIIThe Gods and Absolutes as Manifestations of the Real
10.The Real Experienced as God83
The pluralist hypothesis
Pseudo-Dionysius
Dionysius' dilemma
Meister Eckhart and others
11.The Real Experienced as the Absolute97
In Hinduism
In Buddhism
Part IVReligious Experience and Mysticism
12.Altered States of Consciousness105
Some distinctions
Altered states
Drugs and altered states
Self-transcendence
The influence of set and setting
13.Religious Experience116
Preliminary distinctions
The sense of presence
Some examples
14.Visions--A Case Study of Julian of Norwich124
The emergence of women visionaries
Julian herself
The historical setting
The visions
15.Lady Julian's Fruitful Heresies135
The fall-redemption model
The lord-servant parable
The godly will within us
Universal salvation?
16.Unitive Mysticism: Literal Unity142
Literal or metaphorical?
Advaita Vedanta
An epistemological problem
Neoplatonism
17.Unitive Mysticism: Metaphorical Unity150
Christian Neoplatonism
Pseudo-Dionysius
Deification
The love poetry of the mystics
The Jewish Kabbala
The Sufis of Islam
18.The Dark Side161
The dark side of the cults
The dark side of the great religions
Harmless eccentricities
19.The Criterion169
The fruits in human life
Operating the criterion
Trusting religious experience
Part VThe Saints Come Marching In
20.One Living Saint is Worth Ten Dead Ones179
Saints, mahatmas and others
The founders
Living saints
The profile of the saint
Modern political saints
21.Gandhi: A Case Study186
My life is my message
A very human saint
A rock-like integrity
22.The Politics of Truth197
God is Truth, Truth is God
A Hindu critic of Hinduism
Non-violence
23.Gandhi's Truth for Us Today205
Non-violent conflict resolution
Green thinking
The position of women
Religious pluralism
24.An Activist and a Contemplative211
Kushdeva Singh
Nyanaponika Mahathera
Part VITime Present and Time Future
25.What We Don't Need to Know225
The beginning and the end
The Buddha's 'unanswered questions'
Living on a need-to-know basis
What then do we need to know?
26.Living Within a True Myth235
Myth and metaphor
The use and misuse of myths
The Jewish myth
The Christian myth
Living consciously within a true myth
27.Death and Beyond247
Our contemporary confusion
Traditional possibilities
Many lives
What reincarnates?
Dying
Conclusion259
Bibliography261
Index271

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