The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity

Paperback | September 15, 1999

EditorPhilip L. Quinn, Kevin Meeker

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This unique volume collects some of the best recent work on the philosophical challenge that religious diversity poses for religious belief. Featuring contributors from philosophy, religious studies, and theology, it is unified by the way in which many of the authors engage in sustainedcritical examination of one another's positions. John Hick's pluralism provides one focal point of the collection. Hick argues that all the major religious traditions make contact with the same ultimate reality, each encountering it through a variety of culturally shaped forms of thought andexperience but all offering equally effective paths to salvation or liberation. Another central position is William P. Alston's defense of the Christian practice of forming beliefs about manifestations of God in response to experiences of divine presence or activity. Articles by Hick and Alstondevelop their arguments and other selections respond, criticizing or defending various aspects of one or both positions. Religious skepticism, religious exclusivism, religious inclusivism, and other perspectives are also represented. In the introduction, the editors suggest connections among thearticles and report on additional exchanges between the contributors. The only anthology that provides comprehensive coverage of the current philosophical debate about religious diversity, The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity is ideal for courses and seminars on the philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, and world religions.

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This unique volume collects some of the best recent work on the philosophical challenge that religious diversity poses for religious belief. Featuring contributors from philosophy, religious studies, and theology, it is unified by the way in which many of the authors engage in sustainedcritical examination of one another's positions. J...

Philip L. Quinn is at University of Notre Dame. Kevin Meeker is at Free University in Amsterdam.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.09 × 6.3 × 0.51 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195121554

ISBN - 13:9780195121551

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Introduction. Kevin Meeker and Philip L. Quinn: The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity1. David Hume: Of Miracles2. William Lane Craig: No Other Way: A Middle Knowledge Perspective on the Exclusivity of Salvation through Christ3. John Hick: Religious Pluralism and Salvation4. The Philosophy of Religious Pluralism: A Critical Appraisal of Hick and His Critics5. Ninian Smart: A Contemplation of Absolutes6. Keith Ward: Truth and the Diversity of Religion7. Religious Pluralism and the Divine: Another Look at John Hick's Neo-Kantian Proposal8. George I. Mavrodes: Polytheism9. Hick's Pluralism and "Reformed Epistemology": A Middle Ground10. Alvin Plantinga: Pluralism: A Defense of Religious Exclusivism11. William P. Alston: Religious Diversity and Perceptual Knowledge of God12. J.L. Schellenberg: Religious Experience and Religious Diversity: A Reply to Alston13. William J. Wainwright: Religious Experience and Religious Pluralism14. Towards Thinner Theologies: Hick and Alston on Religious Diversity

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"A timely treatment of issues that loom large in our culture."--William J. Kinnaman, Professor Emeritus, Community College of Rhode Island