God-talk in the media age: John Hick's theology of religions and western christianity
LE3 .A278 1999
Master of Arts
Acadia Divinity College
This paper offers an analysis of John Hick's Theology of Religions. The introduction establishes the need for Christian theologians in North America to engage in inter-religious dialogue. The first chapter traces the experiences which gave rise to Hick's hypotheses, and brings out the salient points by showing how he has relied on the work of five scholars in particular: Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Aquinas, William James, and Immanuel Kant. The second chapter describes Hick's treatment of religious truth claims as a sound foundation for discussion of the conflicts between the different propositions put forward by the great world faiths. The third chapter provides an overview of Hick's Christology, and looks at his attempt to recast the ways in which religious myth and metaphor are understood. In the conclusion, the argument is made that Hick's Theology of Religions is ultimately based in a Christian conception of the divine; and that this makes his work as important for ecumenical Christian dialogue as it is provocative regarding the relationships between the great world faiths.
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