The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity

The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity

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This volume collects 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. 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 230 x 18mm | 538g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195121546
  • 9780195121544

Table of contents

Kevin Meeker and Philip L. Quinn, the philosophical challenge of religious diversity; David Hume, of miracles; William Lane Craig, no other way - a middle knowledge perspective on the exclusivity of salvation through Christ; John Hick, religious pluralism and salvation; the philosophy of religious pluralism - a critical appraisal of Hick and his critics; Ninian Smart, a contemplation of absolutes; Keith Ward, truth and the diversity of religion; religious pluralism and the divine - another look at John Hick's neo-Kantian proposal; George I. Mavrodes, polytheism; Hick's pluralism and "reformed epistemology" - a middle ground; Alvin Plantinga, pluralism - a defence of religious exclusivism; William P. Alston, religious diversity and perceptual knowledge of God; J.L. Schellenberg, religious experience and religious diversity - a reply to Alston; William J. Wainwright, religious experience and religious pluralism; towards thinner theologies - Hick and Alston on religious diversityshow more

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