Download PDF by John Hick (auth.): An Interpretation of Religion: Human Responses to the

By John Hick (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230510671

ISBN-13: 9780230510678

ISBN-10: 1403944458

ISBN-13: 9781403944450

An up-to-date new version of the groundbreaking research which takes complete account of the discovering of the social and historic sciences when delivering a spiritual interpretation of the religions as diverse culturally conditioned responses to a transcendent Divine fact. Written with nice readability and strength, and with a wealth of unpolluted insights, this significant paintings (based at the author's Gifford Lectures of 1896-7) treats the valuable themes 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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To quote Dennis Nineham in his study of tenth century Christianity in France... In an age which . . had little understanding of secondary causes, the evils that befell society were assumed to be punishment from God; he must indeed be angry with his people, it was felt, if he visited so much suffering upon them. At the personal level also, the deaths and illnesses of individuals were interpreted as divine punishment for what they had done, even if in many cases no one could be sure what this had been.

E. ' (Plantinga 2000, 81). To put this more concretely, how can anyone be significantly influenced by the Christian story of God the Son, second Person of the Trinity, being born at Christmas of a virgin mother, dying on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, being bodily resurrected from the dead at Easter, subsequently ascending bodily into the sky, and being present today in the Church through the Holy Spirit, if this is not all believed to be literally true? I accept of course that there are very many on the conservative-evangelical and fundamentalist wings of the churches who operate in terms of a naive realism and who accordingly cannot see this story as other than either a literally true historical narrative or as a lie.

Are they religiously relevant? Surely it is only if, for example, I 'accept the splendid and powerful doctrines of traditional Christianity' literally that they will affect my behaviour. e. ' (Plantinga 2000, 81). To put this more concretely, how can anyone be significantly influenced by the Christian story of God the Son, second Person of the Trinity, being born at Christmas of a virgin mother, dying on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, being bodily resurrected from the dead at Easter, subsequently ascending bodily into the sky, and being present today in the Church through the Holy Spirit, if this is not all believed to be literally true?

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