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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 edition (February 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300106688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300106688
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book strengthens Hick’s position as one of the most significant thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century. . . . I highly recommend [it] to students of philosophy, history of religions, and comparative studies, as well as theology.”—Chester Gillis, Journal of Religion


“The most persuasive philosophical advocacy for religious pluralism ever written.”—Yandall Woodfin, Southwestern Journal of Theology


“[This work] evinces Hick’s many virtues: ingenuity; fairness toward all arguments; deference to the standards of analytic philosophy; familiarity with Eastern as well as Western religions; and, not least, a clean, clear prose.”—Rogert A. Segal, Christian Century

About the Author

John Hick is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and has held appointments at the Claremont Graduate University, California, the University of Cambridge, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Cornell University. His many previous books include Disputed Questions in Theology and the Philosophy of Religion, published by Yale University Press.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Javier Ruiz Calderon on March 29, 2010
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Undoubtedly, Hick's work is the most important book on Philosophy of Religion written in the last 50 years.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steveananda on April 29, 2009
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This book is a tough read. I found myself re-reading several paragraphs and pages until I "got it". Clear headed, incisive, a book for those who are not afraid to think. One of the best books I've read.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By samoel on January 10, 2011
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its fantastic book for everyone
and i receive this book on time without of any delay and .....
i have sagest to who want to bye this book please do it now because this book is very useful for who interested a theology & philosophy in religious side
and however i know this book is not very different by another pluralistic mind but its nice book and we can learn many thing from this book like a John Hick opinion about religious and god
best wish for everyone working for knowing better :D
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24 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Rob Taylor on August 24, 2005
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First, since he is a Kantian, Hick wrongfully assumes there to be no real correspondence between thought and reality so he remains skeptical of any correspondence claims between the two. The Real is therefore ineffable, meaning that Hick remains agnostic about what concepts may or may not apply to the Real (i.e. God). The problem is this is self-defeating because Hick applies concepts such as "ultimate" and "real" to God while he argues that concepts do not apply to God.

Second, Hick's soteriological formula becomes the standard by which all other religious claims must submit. In order to do this without irrationally combining incompatible soteriological doctrines, he reduces each of them to the lowest common denominator. The fact that different religions possess similar ethical values, such as love, goodwill, and compassion, has become more meaningful to Hick than the truth claims of the teachings of any particular religion. In emphasizing the pragmatic results of religions over their truthfulness, Hick confuses their truthfulness with with their results. Just because an ideology changes a life for the better morally does not mean it is a true ideology, nor does it mean it is the ideology with the best result. From an exclusivistic perspective, what if salvation involves something much more than just becoming morally better? Hick can't just define other salvation doctrines out of existence and then claim that pluralism alone is valid.

Ultimately, Hick's pluralism is cast on the rocks of relativism. However, relativism is also self-refuting. In order for relativism to be true, it must be false. On one hand, the notion that relativism (i.e. pluralism) is right and that non-relativism (i.e. exclusivism) is wrong is to give up relativism.
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