Dialogues in the Philosophy of Religion

Dialogues in the Philosophy of Religion

by J. Hick


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This is a collection of John Hick's essays on the understanding of the world's religions as different human responses to the same ultimate transcendent reality. He is in dialogue with contemporary philosophers including Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, D. Z. Phillips; with Evangelicals; with the Vatican and other both Catholic and Protestant theologians.

This book is alive with current argument for all those interested in contemporary philosophy of religion and theology. This reissue includes a new preface by the author and a foreword by Perry Schmidt-Leukel.

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ISBN-13: 9780230252837
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 04/07/2010
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

JOHN HICK is a world-renowned philosopher of religion. He is the author of numerous books, translated into sixteen languages. He has taught in Britain and the United States and lectured in many countries. His Gifford Lectures, An Interpretation of Religion, received the Grawemeyer Award for new religious thinking.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Preface to 2010 Reissue viii

Foreword xi

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction: Climbing the Foothills of Understanding - An Intellectual Autobiography 1

Part I In Dialogue with Contemporary Philosophers

1 The Epistemological Challenge of Religious Pluralism 25

2 Responses and Discussion 37

2(i) William Alston 37

2(i)(a) Hick 38

2(i)(b) Alston 42

2(ii) Alvin Plantinga 52

2(ii)(a) Hick 56

2(iii) Peter van Inwagen 57

2(iii)(a) Hick 61

2(iv) George I. Mavrodes 62

2(iv)(a) Hick 69

2(iv)(b) Mavrodes 72

3 Ineffability: A Response to William Rowe and Christopher Insole 76

4 Religious Pluralism and the Divine: A Response to Paul Eddy 90

5 Transcendence and Truth: A Response to D.Z. Phillips 95

Part II In Dialogue with Evangelicals

6 Religious Pluralism for Evangelicals 115

A response Clark Pinnock 141

Part III In Dialogue with Catholics

7 Cardinal Ratzinger on Religious Pluralism 149

8 A Response to Cardinal Ratzinger 157

9 The Latest Vatican Statement on Religious Pluralism 161

10 The Possibility of Religious Pluralism: A Reply to Gavin D'Costa 169

Part IV In Dialogue with Theologians

11 The Theological Challenge of Religious Pluralism 179

12 Is Christianity the Only True Religion? 195

13 Paul Knitter on the Person of Christ 202

A response by Knitter 208

Postscript 213

Index 215

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