Download An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the by John Hick PDF

By John Hick

This research takes complete account of the findings of the social and historic sciences whereas supplying a non secular interpretation of the religions as various culturally conditioned responses to a transcendent Divine truth. The paintings relies at the author's Gifford Lectures, 1986-7. It treats the valuable subject matters within the philosophy of faith and establishes either a foundation for non secular confirmation this present day and a framework for the constructing around the world inter-faith discussion. John Hick is the writer of many books at the philosophy of faith together with "Problems of spiritual Pluralism", "Evil and the God of Love", "Death and everlasting Life", "God and the Universe of Faiths" and "Faith and Knowledge".


'This e-book is a different contribution to the advance of a box concept of faith. It justifies non secular trust at the foundation of our adventure, specially non secular adventure, and issues out the lifestyles of assets in the significant international religions to unravel the modern pressing difficulties of spiritual pluralism. The author's new try is especially worthy for all international religions together with Buddhism.' - Professor Masao Abe, Pacific tuition of faith, California --This textual content refers to an out of print or unavailable version of this title.

Show description

Read or Download An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent (2nd Edition) PDF

Similar theology books

Jonathan Edwards' Philosophy of Nature: The Re-enchantment of the World in the Age of Scientific Reasoning

Jonathan Edwards's Philosophy of Nature: The Re-Enchantment of the realm within the Age of clinical Reasoning analyses the works of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) on normal philosophy in a sequence of contexts in which they could most sensible be explored and understood. Its objective is to put Edwards's writings on common philosophy within the extensive historic, theological and clinical context of a large choice of non secular responses to the increase of recent technological know-how within the early glossy interval John Donne's response to the recent astronomical philosophy of Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo, in addition to to Francis Bacon's new ordinary philosophy; Blaise Pascal's reaction to Descartes' mechanical philosophy; the reactions to Newtonian technology and eventually Jonathan Edwards's reaction to the clinical tradition and mind's eye of his time.

Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement

"If we harbor innovations of violence or hatred, or search revenge or retribution, we're contributing to the wounding of the area; if we remodel these recommendations into forgiveness and compassion, after which flow past them to truly make amends or restitution, we're contributing to the therapeutic of the realm.

Salvation as praxis : a practical theology of salvation for a multi-faith world

Will humans of different faiths be 'saved' and to what quantity should still the reaction to this question form Christian engagements with humans of different faiths? traditionally, the foremost solution to those questions has been that the individual of one other religion usually are not kept and is for that reason short of conversion to Christianity for his or her salvation to be attainable.

Gnostic America: A Reading of Contemporary American Culture & Religion According to Christianity’s Oldest Heresy

Gnostic the United States is a studying of present American tradition, politics, and spiritual lifestyles in accordance with the traditional circulate referred to as Gnosticism. In it, Peter M Burfeind builds off the principles of Hans Jonas, Denis de Rougement, Norman Cohn, William Voegelin, Carl Jung, and Harold Bloom, every one of whom observed the consequences of Gnosticism in modern American (and Western) existence.

Additional info for An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent (2nd Edition)

Sample text

In moments of individual prayer and communal worship there is often, or at least sometimes, an experience of being in the presence of God and of being in an I-Thou (or We-Thou) relationship with God. , creator of everything other than oneself - that the developed monotheistic theologies have come to ascribe to them. For it is not possible to experience that an encountered being has infinite dimensions - xxx Introduction to the Second Edition infinite power, infinite knowledge, etc. The omni- qualities are the result of philosophical thinking congealed into religious dogma.

2 For it is evident that in some ninety-nine per cent of cases the religion which an individual professes and to which he or she adheres depends upon the accidents of birth. Someone born to Buddhist parents in Thailand is very likely to be a Buddhist, someone born to Muslim parents in Saudi Arabia to be a Muslim, someone born to Christian parents in Mexico to be a Christian, and so on. There are of course conversions from one faith to another, but in the case of the great world religions these are peripheral to the massive transmission of each from one generation to the next within its own population.

But I am in agreement with Louis Dupres when he says, as regards unitive mysticism in this life, that 'such a total elimination of personal consciousness remains an asymptotic ideal never to be reached but to be approached ever more closely' (Dupres 1987, 248). I therefore do not think that the pluralist hypothesis is incompatible with the reports of unitive mysticism when we take into account their characteristically poetic language and the logical problem of claiming a personal memory of a state beyond individual personal existence.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.20 of 5 – based on 18 votes