By Chester Gillis
An try to problem John Hick's conception of salvation which examines the biblical language of delusion and metaphor. Hick continues that the Christian interpretation of salvation within which Christ is known because the unique and ultimate revelation of God is inaccurate.
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The third stage of religious development is that of revelation. '4 The specific development of revelation will be examined in chapter 4. Hick does make a distinction between the religious consciousness of primitive society and that of a more developed society. He states: 'The religious bias operates, in civilized man at any rate, only as an "inclining" cause. ' 5 Given this assumption that the human person is innately or naturally prone to religious faith, it is important to consider what Hick counts as religious faith and how he arrives at his assessment of it.
91. 92. 93. 41 Arnold Toynbee, in Christianity Among the Religions of the World (New York: Scribners, 1957) states: 'Today, I think we can see the world changing from one in which a man's religion used to be decided for him a priori by his birthplace, by the accident of birth, into a world which, to a greater and greater degree, as the world grows together, he will be able to make a free choice, as an adult, between alternative religions' (p. 45). For a similar view see Charles Davis, Christ and the World Religions (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1970) pp.
The second option, the subjectivepsychological, which regards religious language as non-cognitive, has many adherents. 92 If one sees religious language as noncognitive, then the basis for dialogue between religions becomes the ethical-existential or the mystical dimension of religion. 93 If one holds that religious statements are meant to be factual, however, then interreligious dialogue will have to be viewed through the prism of the truth claims of the different religions, which often conflict.
A Question of Final Belief: John Hick’s Pluralistic Theory of Salvation by Chester Gillis