A John Hick Reader by Paul Badham (eds.) PDF

By Paul Badham (eds.)

ISBN-10: 023037980X

ISBN-13: 9780230379800

ISBN-10: 0333487303

ISBN-13: 9780333487303

John Hick is likely one of the most generally learn and mentioned residing writers in glossy theology and the philosophy of faith. This ebook deals scholars a one quantity textbook on his concept. Extracts from his writings hide all of the numerous subject matters for which Hick has develop into identified: religion and information, Philosophy of faith, Evil and the God of affection, demise and everlasting lifestyles, the parable of God Incarnate, and difficulties of non secular Pluralism. The extracts are preceded through an introductory essay by means of Paul Badham on John Hick's philosophical theology, and at the integrity of his existence and thought.

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It would be illogical to say that the central religious assertions are factually true or false, but that there is nevertheless no proper question whether they are true. However, Phillips apparently admits no such question. In an important passage on pp. ) but to ask for an elucidation of the concept of reality in question. Similarly, the question of the reality of God which is of interest to the philosopher is a question about a kind of reality; a question about the possibility of giving an account of the distinction between truth and falsity, sense and nonsense, in religion.

It connects on the one hand with the notion (representing the valid deposit of logical positivism) that 'existence' is to be defined in the operational terms of making an experienceable difference; and on the other hand with the discovery of the immense variety of the uses of language and in particular of its manifold non-cognitive functions. The notions of the existence of God and of the factual truth of statements about him are bound up with the principle that any possible history of the universe which satisfies, for example, 'God loves mankind', must differ experientially from any possible history of the universe which does not satisfy it.

Thus if we think of God's love in concrete terms, as a creative purpose seeking an authentically human existence for every individual, we are led to see life in a much larger context than this earth. For on this earth God's loving purpose succeeds only very partially. If babies who die in 32 A John Hick Reader infancy, and the multitude of the oppressed in all ages, and the many who are defeated rather than elevated by suffering and injustice are ever to participate in the fulfilment of the divine intention there must be a further life to come; and accordingly talk of the love of God must have implications for the future course of human experience beyond bodily death.

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