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

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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.
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Library Journal
Noted theologian Hick believes that humans are living in such a highly technological "Western" culture that we have accepted an exclusively humanistic/scientific account of our existence and ignored the importance of the "fifth dimension"--our spirituality and its influences upon our lives. To this end, Hick's long, rambling book, borrowing liberally and heavily from all world religions, considers our spiritual nature and its importance to our well-being. Deeply, intelligently, and passionately, he explores the meaning of life as stated by different faiths, the nature and validity of religious experiences, and the necessary influence of the spiritual over the physical. His general premise leaves little room for argument, though, which makes for a less engaging book. He is preaching to the converted, giving them arguments to use against those who raise the scientific over the religious. Yet the book does a good job of reiterating its major theme and can be read for enjoyment by those interested in spirituality. Marginally recommended for all libraries.--Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. of Honolulu Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851683437
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hick (1922–2012), was one of the most influential philosophers of religion of his time. He was HG Wood Professor of Theology at Birmingham University from 1967 to 1982, and before that taught at Cambridge. His books have been translated into 17 languages.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the big picture 1
Pt. I Drawing the picture
1 Where we start today : the naturalistic assumption 13
2 Naturalism as bad news for the many 19
3 The big bang and the ambiguity of the universe 25
4 Windows on the transcendent 31
5 The key to understanding 38
6 Turning the critical realist key 45
Pt. II The meaning of life
7 The religious meaning of life 53
8 Cosmic optimism in the East 61
9 And in the West 70
Pt. III The gods and absolutes as manifestations of the real
10 The real experienced as God 83
11 The real experienced as the absolute 97
Pt. IV Religious experience and mysticism
12 Altered states of consciousness 105
13 Religious experience 116
14 Visions - a case study of Julian of Norwich 124
15 Lady Julian's fruitful heresies 135
16 Unitive mysticism : literal unity 142
17 Unitive mysticism : metaphorical unity 150
18 The dark side 161
19 The criterion 169
Pt. V The saints come marching in
20 One living saint is worth ten dead ones 179
21 Gandhi : a case study 186
22 The politics of truth 197
23 Gandhi's truth for us today 205
24 An activist and a contemplative 211
Pt. VI The present and time future
25 What we don't need to know 225
26 Living within a true myth 235
27 Death and beyond 247
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