By John Hick (auth.)
An up-to-date re-creation of the groundbreaking research which takes complete account of the discovering of the social and historic sciences while delivering a non secular interpretation of the religions as diverse 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 issues within the philosophy of faith and establishes either a foundation for spiritual confirmation this present day and a framework for the constructing world-wide inter-faith discussion. features a new advent to the second one edition.
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Additional resources for An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent
In a continuous activity of interpretation, usually operating in unconscious and habitual ways, we form hypotheses about its character or practical meaning for us which we then test in our behaviour. For the meaning of an object or a situation is its perceived (or misperceived) character such that to perceive it as having that character is to be in a distinctive dispositional state in relation to it.
In previous writings, struggling to find the most appropriate word, I have used the Transcendent, the Divine, and the Eternal One. However 'the Divine' and 'the Eternal One' are perhaps too theistically coloured. 'The Introduction 11 Transcendent' is possible; but on balance I prefer to speak of 'the Real'. This term has the advantage that without being the exclusive property of any one tradition it is nevertheless familiar within all of them. In Christian terms it gives rise to no difficulty to identify God, the sole self-existent reality, as the Real.
Using this analogy it is, I think, illuminating to see the different traditions, movements and ideologies whose religious character is either generally agreed or responsibly debated, not as exemplifying a common essence, but as forming a complex continuum of resemblances and differences analogous to those found within a family. But as in the case of 'game' we need a starting point from which to begin to chart this range of phenomena. No one would look, for example, to the act of childbirth or to the act of murder for an example of a game; and no one would look to a teapot or a post office for an example of a religion.
An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the Transcendent by John Hick (auth.)