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Religious Pluralism and the Modern World
An Ongoing Engagement with John Hick
 
 
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13 Dec 2011
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This fascinating and nuanced volume engages with the innovative and at the same time contentious debate on religious pluralism mooted by John Hick, one of the most prominent British philosophers of religion. In celebrating Hick's voluminous work,
a team of eminent and emerging scholars, representing a broad range of philosophical and theological perspectives, offer a succinct and incisive analysis of Hick's ideas and their enduring relevance for a world which is becoming increasingly polarized. These essays not only deal with theoretical and doctrinal aspects of interreligious discourse, but also focus on developing a discourse that challenges any form of religious absolutism.They address important questions such as how to articulate a philosophy or theology of religious pluralism that is not triumphalistic, how to affirm a spirituality that is not restrictive, how to speak about liberation that does not smack of theological finality. Besides issues related to religious pluralism, this volume also contains illuminating essays on themes such as suffering and theodicy. This insightful volume should be of immense interest and value to scholars and students of religion and lay readers.


Description

This fascinating and nuanced volume engages with the innovative and at the same time contentious debate on religious pluralism mooted by John Hick, one of the most prominent British philosophers of religion. In celebrating Hick's voluminous work,
a team of eminent and emerging scholars, representing a broad range of philosophical and theological perspectives, offer a succinct and incisive analysis of Hick's ideas and their enduring relevance for a world which is becoming increasingly polarized. These essays not only deal with theoretical and doctrinal aspects of interreligious discourse, but also focus on developing a discourse that challenges any form of religious absolutism.They address important questions such as how to articulate a philosophy or theology of religious pluralism that is not triumphalistic, how to affirm a spirituality that is not restrictive, how to speak about liberation that does not smack of theological finality. Besides issues related to religious pluralism, this volume also contains illuminating essays on themes such as suffering and theodicy. This insightful volume should be of immense interest and value to scholars and students of religion and lay readers.


Reviews

'This book is a welcome tribute to Professor John Hick on his ninetieth birthday, [and] further amplifies his refreshing message for our modern age, so characterized by plurality, that the truth may not lie so much with any one of us as between and among us.' - Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion, McGill University, Canada

'Religious pluralism by John Hick is influential over many Japanese including Shusaku Endo, a well-known Catholic novelist whose last novel was Deep River. In the novel, the pluralist theme was expressed. Not only Christians but also Buddhists in Japan now recognize Hick's way of understanding religion as compelling importance for building a peaceful world. In this sense, the essays collected here and reflecting Hick's legacy, looking especially at his philosophical and theological concerns are a real and valuable contribution.'  - Hiromasa Mase, Professor Emeritus of Keio University in Tokyo, Japan

'John Hick's wide ranging and important contributions to the philosophy of religion are fittingly recognised in these essays. Collectively and individually, they testify to the enduring significance of Hick's treatment of such issues as religious pluralism, the problem of evil and the nature of salvation. They will be of interest to students of religion in general and of John Hick in particular.' - Peter Byrne, Emeritus Professor of Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion, King's College London


Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Religious Pluralism: Some Issues; S.Sugirtharajah
PART I: RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Religious Pluralism and the Need for an Interreligious Theology; P.Schmidt-Leukel
Which is it? Religious Pluralism or Global Theology?; M.McCord Adams
Virtuous Comparativists are Practicing Pluralists; P.Knitter
Pluralism Revisited; K.Ward
Faith Triumphant? The Problem of a Theology of Supersession; J.Lipner
PART II: RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND PRACTICAL CONCERNS
The Value of the Symbolic Jesus for Christian Involvement in Interfaith Dialogue; A.Race
Interreligious Prayer between Christians and Muslims; G.D'Costa
Interfaith Spirituality or Interspirituality? A New Phenomenon in a Postmodern World; U.King
The Mahatma and the Philosopher: Mohandas Gandhi and John Hick and their Search for Truth; S.Sugirtharajah
PART III: THEOLOGICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL ORIENTATIONS
John Hick: Theologian or Philosopher of Religion?; C.Gillis
Humane Spirit – Towards a Liberal theology of Resistance and Respect; G.Newlands
Mediating Relativism and Absolutism in Tillich's and Hick's Theories of Religious Truth; M.A.Stenger
John Hick's Pan(en)theistic Monism; Y.Nagasawa
Faith, Evidence, and Evidentialism; S.T.Davis
Keeping Hick from Hell: Answering the Isolationist Objection to Hick's Universalism; T.Musgrove
Suffering as Transformative: Some Reflections on Depression and Free Will; A.P.Scrutton
PART IV: JOHN HICK'S WRITINGS AND THEIR IMPACT
The Revival of Philosophy of Religion and the contribution of John Hick to this; P.Badham
John Hick and Chinese Religious Studies; Z.Wang
John Hick's Religious Interpretation of Religion: An Unexplored Resource for Religious Educators; G.Teece
Index


Authors

SHARADA SUGIRTHARAJAHSenior Lecturer in Hindu Studies in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, UK.Focusing particularly on the issue of representation of Hinduism in colonial and postcolonial discourses, her research interests also include religious pluralism and interreligious relations, women issues, modern Hindu thinkers, and diasporic Hinduism. Her publications include book chapters, edited volumes, journal articles, and entries in reference works. She is the author of Imagining Hinduism (2003)and ison the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.