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Hick, John Harwood (b. 1922)

Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631198963.2005.x


British philosopher of religion and theologian. Best known for The Myth of God Incarnate of 1977, of which he was editor, he was educated at Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge, was a minister in the Presbyterian church in England, and has taught at Cornell, Princeton Theological Seminary, Cambridge and, currently, at Claremont Graduate School in California. His major contribution is in the comparative study of religions. He rejected Christian orthodoxy to argue against the uniqueness of Christ, and for a theistic rather than Christocentric theology that would enable adherents of different religions – which are equally valid in their methods and goals, and which will eventually unify – peacefully to coexist. In often polemical writings, he characterizes religion as a subjective experience of encounter, in which human freedom – not subscription to a set of ‘givens’ – is the guiding principle. In Death and Eternal Life of 1976 he argues for universal salvation; other works include Faith and Knowledge (1957), Philosophy of Religion (1963), Evil and the God of Love (1979) and God Has Many Names (1980). See also O ther faiths and christianity . 1987 : John Hick's Theology of Religions . Lanham , Md . 1989 : A Question of Final Belief . Basingstoke . 1985 : Against John Hick: An Examination of his Philosophy and Religion . Lanham , Md . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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