An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the by John Hick (auth.) PDF

By John Hick (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230510671

ISBN-13: 9780230510678

ISBN-10: 1403944458

ISBN-13: 9781403944450

An up to date re-creation of the groundbreaking research which takes complete account of the discovering of the social and historic sciences while supplying a spiritual interpretation of the religions as various 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 imperative themes within the philosophy of faith and establishes either a foundation for spiritual confirmation at the present time and a framework for the constructing world-wide inter-faith discussion. contains a new creation to the second one edition.

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And Bernard of Clairvaux held that 'The union between God and man is not unity. . For Introduction to the Second Edition xxxvii how can there be unity where there is a plurality of natures and difference of substances. The union of God and man is brought about not by confusion of natures, but by agreement of wills . ' (Butler 1967,114). I think it is safe to say that whilst many Christian mystics have freely used the language of divine-human union, in doing so they have been speaking poetically or metaphorically rather than literally.

These are both forms of what in these chapters I propose to refer to by the hybrid term 'salvation/liberation':14 for they both speak of the transformation of our human situation from a state of alienation from the true structure of reality to a radically better state in harmony with reality. An even larger problem concerns the term to be used for the putative transcendent reality which is affirmed when the different traditions speak of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or of the Holy Trinity, or Allah, or Vishnu, or Brahman, or the Dharmakaya/Nirvana/Sunyata, and so on.

And the same can apply within the other world faiths. It is already acceptable to many Hindus to recognise the mythic character of its rich tapestry of traditional stories of the loves and wars of the gods, or for many Buddhists to regard as non-historical the Jakata stories of the previous lives of Siddhartha. (12) Refuted by direct mystical experience? The criticisms discussed so far come from western Christian sources, and indeed often from very theologically conservative Christians for whom the mystical strand of their own tradition is more of an embarrassment than an enrichment.

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