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By John Hick (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230510671

ISBN-13: 9780230510678

ISBN-10: 1403944458

ISBN-13: 9781403944450

An up to date new version of the groundbreaking research which takes complete account of the discovering of the social and old sciences when supplying a non secular interpretation of the religions as diverse culturally conditioned responses to a transcendent Divine truth. Written with nice readability and strength, and with a wealth of clean insights, this significant paintings (based at the author's Gifford Lectures of 1896-7) treats the crucial issues within the philosophy of faith and establishes either a foundation for non secular confirmation at the present time and a framework for the constructing world-wide inter-faith discussion. encompasses a new advent to the second one edition.

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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.

In focusing upon this issue we shall thus be addressing what is both the most momentous and the most contested issue in religious discourse today. It is so momentous because a whole understanding of life flows from one's response to it; and it is so intensely debated precisely because it is so momentous. Until recently the debate has almost invariably been conducted in terms of one or other specific conception of the transcendent, embedded in a distinctive system of religious symbols and myths and authoritatively expressed in its related scriptures.

On the contrary, the recognition of the human element in all religion emphasises the need for rational and ethical criticism and discrimination. 13 It must recognise to the full the presence of culture-relative projection and symbolisation within this long history. And it must show reason to believe that this vast and multifarious field of human faith is nevertheless not wholly projection and illusion - even though there is much projection and illusion within it - but constitutes our variously transparent and opaque interface with a mysterious transcendent reality.

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