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An Interpretation of Religion : Human Responses to the Transcendent - John Harwood Hick

An Interpretation of Religion

Human Responses to the Transcendent

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This investigation takes full account of the findings of the social and historical sciences while offering a religious interpretation of the religions as different culturally conditioned responses to a transcendent Divine Reality. The work is based on the author's Gifford Lectures, 1986-7. It treats the principal topics in the philosophy of religion and establishes both a basis for religious affirmation today and a framework for the developing worldwide inter-faith dialogue. John Hick is the author of many books on the philosophy of religion including "Problems of Religious Pluralism", "Evil and the God of Love", "Death and Eternal Life", "God and the Universe of Faiths" and "Faith and Knowledge".

'This book is a unique contribution to the development of a field theory of religion. It justifies religious belief on the basis of our experience, especially religious experience, and points out the existence of resources within the major world religions to resolve the contemporary urgent problems of religious pluralism. The author's new attempt is very valuable for all world religions including Buddhism.' - Professor Masao Abe, Pacific School of Religion, California

Preface - Introduction - PART 1 PHENOMENOLOGICAL - The Soteriological Character of Post-Axial Religion - Salvation/Liberation as Human Transformation - The Cosmic Optimism of Post-Axial Religion - PART 2 THE RELIGIOUS AMBIGUITY OF THE UNIVERSE - Ontological, Cosmological and Design Arguments - Morality, Experience and Overall Probability - The Naturalistic Option - PART 3 EPISTEMOLOGICAL - Natural Meaning and Experience - Ethical and Aesthetic Meaning and Experience - Religious Meaning and Experience - Religion and Reality - Contemporary non-Realist Religion - The Rationality of Religious Belief - PART 4 THE PLURALISTIC HYPOTHESIS - The Pluralistic Hypothesis - The Personae of the Real - The Impersonae of the Real - PART 5 CRITERIOLOGICAL - Soteriology and Ethics - The Moral Criterion - Myths, Mysteries and the Unanswered Questions - The Problem of Conflicting Truth-Claims - Epilogue: the Future - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333394885
ISBN-10: 0333394887
Series: Humanity's Varied Response to the Transcendent
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 15th March 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 3