By John Hick (auth.)
An up to date re-creation of the groundbreaking research which takes complete account of the discovering of the social and ancient sciences when supplying a non secular interpretation of the religions as diverse culturally conditioned responses to a transcendent Divine fact. Written with nice readability and strength, and with a wealth of clean insights, this significant paintings (based at the author's Gifford Lectures of 1896-7) treats the vital themes within the philosophy of faith and establishes either a foundation for spiritual confirmation this present day and a framework for the constructing world-wide inter-faith discussion. contains a new advent to the second one edition.
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Bhagavad Gita, 11: 44. For more about this see Hick 1993, The Metaphor of God Incarnate. Others who make this objection include Surin 1989 and 1990, Verkamp 1991, Loughlin 1990. I should make it clear that this is not the main burden of Rose's book, which also contains more important arguments which I have discussed under other headings above. He is also rare among critics in proposing what he regards (though I do not) as a way of improving the pluralistic hypothesis. 1 Introduction Everything has been said before, but usually by people who did not know that they were saying it.
No doubt it was the European Enlightenment that has freed the west to take this insight on board; but it's origins lie much further back in human history. (15) Finally, an important clarification. What about atheists, humanists, Marxists, and what about those who engage in spiritual practices in an eclectic or syncretistic way but who adhere to no religious tradition? Very often self-professed atheists in the west are upside down Christian fundamentalists, in that the concept of God which they reject is one that very many non-fundamentalist Christians also reject.
But even amidst its modern ruthless commercial exploitation, Christmas can still be used joyfully to celebrate the life and teaching of Jesus. During this season we suspend critical questions as irrelevant to its enjoyment and to participation in its uplifting transcendence of ordinary life. I think, then, that much of xxxvi Introduction to the Second Edition Christianity will be able to survive because of its intrinsic moral power. And the same can apply within the other world faiths. It is already acceptable to many Hindus to recognise the mythic character of its rich tapestry of traditional stories of the loves and wars of the gods, or for many Buddhists to regard as non-historical the Jakata stories of the previous lives of Siddhartha.
An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent by John Hick (auth.)