Conceptual enquiry and the experience of 'the transcendent': John Hick's contribution to the dialogue

Astley, J. (2017) Conceptual enquiry and the experience of 'the transcendent': John Hick's contribution to the dialogue. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 20 (4). pp. 311-322. ISSN 1367-4676

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Abstract

John Hick (1922-2012) was an influential analytical philosopher of religion and liberal Christian philosophical theologian who taught in Britain and the United States. His work on religious epistemology, the theology of religions and, to some extent, eschatology has close links with his understanding of the philosophy of religious experience. This paper offers a detailed analysis and critical evaluation of these significant elements of Hick's philosophical and theological thought, focusing in particular on his theory of religious knowledge and the role played by religious concepts within religious experience, and the relevance of these reflections for his pluralistic account of the variety of religions and his criterion of religious truth. Hick's response to the challenges of contemporary neuroscience and the philosophy of mind is also reviewed. The paper reflects on the relevance of these views to accounts of an experience of transcendent reality collected through the empirical psychology of religion.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Stephen Macdonald
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 09:16
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 09:16
URI: http://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/661

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