1st Edition

John Hick's Pluralist Philosophy of World Religions

By Paul Rhodes Eddy Copyright 2002

    This title was first published in 2002. One of the most fascinating and controversial interpretations of religious diversity is 'religious pluralism.' According to John Hick's model of religious pluralism, all the world's great religions are equally valid ways of understanding and responding to the ultimate spiritual reality. This book offers an exposition of, and critical response to, John Hick's model. Introducing the various interpretations of religious diversity being discussed today, this book presents constructive suggestions as to how things could be further developed to offer a more accurate, less confusing presentation of the various options in theology of religions. The standard threefold typology of responses to religious diversity - exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism - are explained and defended. Hick's pluralist interpretation of religious diversity is traced, culminating in a critical assessment of Hick's pluralistic model and an up-to-date summary of a variety of critiques directed toward Hick's proposal. Paul Rhodes Eddy concludes that Hick's present model is ultimately unsuccessful in retaining both of his long-cherished goals, a robust religious realism and a consistent religious pluralism, whilst overcoming the most difficult problem for the pluralist, the fact that the world's religions understand the divine in often contradictory ways.

    Contents: Preface; Introduction; Christian responses to religious diversity; A pathway to pluralism: John Hick's pre-pluralist thought; The pluralist move: Hick's early model of religious pluralism; The development of Hick's model of religious pluralism; Critical responses to Hick's religious pluralism; 'Does it work?' A critical examination of Hick's pluralist hyphothesis; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.


    Paul Rhodes Eddy

    'In this meticulous investigation into Hick's pluralist philosophy of religion, Eddy shows the pathway along which Hick has traveled from his earliest pre-pluralist days to his current model of pluralism.' Religious Studies Review 'Paul Rhodes Eddy's work is an achievement in Hick studies. The author offers a fair and balanced perspective on Hick's evolving and, sometimes, speculative thought. Eddy's John Hick's Pluralist Philosophy of World Religions is the most up to date source to consult regarding the philosophical and theological development of Hick's religious pluralism.' The Heythrop Journal