Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity

ISBN-10: 0195121554
ISBN-13: 9780195121551
Edition: 2000 (Reprint)
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List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/23/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166

This volume collects some of the best recent work on the philosophical challenge of religious diversity to religion and religious belief. The contributors represent the disciplines of philosophy, religious studies, and theology. The collection is unified by the way in which many of the authors engage in sustained critical examination of one another's positions. One focal point of the discussion is John Hick's pluralism according to which all the major religious traditions make contact with the same Ultimate Reality, encountering it through a variety of culturally shaped forms of thought and experience, and all of them offer apparently equally effective paths to salvation or liberation. Another focal point is William P. Alston's defence of the rationality of engaging in the Christian practice of forming beliefs about manifestations of God in response to experiences the subjects take to be perceptions of divine presence or activity. Articles by Hick and Alston develop their views, and other articles respond to them. The responses include both criticism and defence of various aspects of Hick's and Alston's positions. Positions such as religious skepticism, religious exclusivism, and religious inclusivism are also represented in the collection. In the introduction, the editors suggest connections among the articles and report on further back and forth exchanges amongs the authors of the articles.

Introduction. The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity
Of Miracles
No Other Way: A Middle Knowledge Perspective on the Exclusivity of Salvation through Christ
Religious Pluralism and Salvation
The Philosophy of Religious Pluralism: A Critical Appraisal of Hick and His Critics
A Contemplation of Absolutes
Truth and the Diversity of Religion
Religious Pluralism and the Divine: Another Look at John Hick's Neo-Kantian Proposal
Polytheism
Hick's Pluralism and ""Reformed Epistemology"": A Middle Ground
Pluralism: A Defense of Religious Exclusivism
Religious Diversity and Perceptual Knowledge of God
Religious Experience and Religious Diversity: A Reply to Alston
Religious Experience and Religious Pluralism
Towards Thinner Theologies: Hick and Alston on Religious Diversity

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