By Chester Gillis
An try and problem John Hick's idea of salvation which examines the biblical language of fantasy and metaphor. Hick keeps that the Christian interpretation of salvation within which Christ is known because the specific and ultimate revelation of God is wrong.
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See Race, Christians and Religious Pluralism, pp. 21-2. D. ), Let the Earth Hear His Voice (Minneapolis: World Wide Publications, 1975) p. 4. Inclusivists are of two different breeds: those who believe that persons are saved by the life, work, and acts/destiny of Christ, that is, Christ effects their salvation; and those who believe that persons are saved by God's love and act, of which Christ is the main and definitive disclosure. Cobb and Rahner are of the first type while other inclusivist theologians, for example, Schubert Ogden and Paul Tillich are of the second type.
Hick, God Has Many Names, pp. 20-1. , p. 7. ' From 'The Reconstruction of Christian Belief for Today and Tomorrow: II', Theology, 73 (September 1970) 399. Hick also refers to religious commitment as a matter of 'religious ethnicity' in 'Religious Pluralism and Absolute Claims', in Leroy S. ), Religious Pluralism (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984) pp. 193-213. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 41 Arnold Toynbee, in Christianity Among the Religions of the World (New York: Scribners, 1957) states: 'Today, I think we can see the world changing from one in which a man's religion used to be decided for him a priori by his birthplace, by the accident of birth, into a world which, to a greater and greater degree, as the world grows together, he will be able to make a free choice, as an adult, between alternative religions' (p.
122. , p. 124. , p. 41. 2 Epistemology I INTRODUCTION The epistemological foundation for John Hick's theology is critical to our inquiry into his thinking. This chapter attempts to provide a clear exposition of that epistemology. Hick does have if not unique then distinctive arguments for epistemological positions in regard to the validity of religious belief. He acknowledges a dependence upon previous thinkers (for example, Immanuel Kant and William James) but fashions his own argument differently from his predecessors.
A Question of Final Belief: John Hick’s Pluralistic Theory of Salvation by Chester Gillis