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Religious Pluralism and the Modern World

An Ongoing Engagement with John Hick

  • Sharada Sugirtharajah

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Religious Pluralism — Some Issues

    1. Sharada Sugirtharajah
      Pages 1-16
  3. Religious Pluralism and Global Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Marilyn McCord Adams
      Pages 34-45
    3. Keith Ward
      Pages 58-67
  4. Religious Pluralism and Practical Concerns

  5. Theological and Philosophical Orientations

About this book


A fascinating collection of essays by leading scholars in the field engage with the idea of religious pluralism mooted by John Hick to offer incisive insights on religious pluralism and related themes and to address practical aspects such as interreligious spirituality and worship in a multi-faith context.


philosophy philosophy of religion religion religious studies theology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sharada Sugirtharajah
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

About the editors

MARILYN MCCORD ADAMS Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, UNC-Chapel Hill, USA PAUL BADHAM Emeritus Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, UK STEPHEN DAVIS Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, USA GAVIN D'COSTA Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Bristol, UK CHESTER GILLIS Dean of the College at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, USA URSULA KING Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, UK PAUL KNITTER Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, New York, USA JULIUS LIPNER Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion, and Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK TIM MUSGROVE works in Cognitive Linguistics, USA YUJIN NAGASAWA Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, UK GEORGE M NEWLANDS Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, UK PERRY SCHMIDT-LEUKEL Professor of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, University of Münster, Germany ANASTASIA PHILIPPA SCRUTTON Frederick J. Crosson Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame, Indiana, USA MARY ANN STENGER Professor of Humanities, University of Louisville, USA ALAN RACE Dean of Postgraduate Studies at St. Philip's Centre, Leicester, UK GEOFF TEECE Lecturer in Religious Education and Director of Studies for Initial Teacher Education, University of Birmingham, UK ZHICHENG WANG Professor and Deputy-director of the Institute of Christianity and Cross-cultural Studies at Zhejiang University, China, and Professor of the Institute of Foreign Philosophy KEITH WARD Professorial Research Fellow in Philosophy at Heythrop College, London, UK.

Bibliographic information


'This book is a welcome tribute to Professor John Hick on his ninetieth birthday, [and] further amplifies his refreshing message for our modern age, so characterized by plurality, that the truth may not lie so much with any one of us as between and among us.' - Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion, McGill University, Canada

'Religious pluralism by John Hick is influential over many Japanese including Shusaku Endo, a well-known Catholic novelist whose last novel was Deep River. In the novel, the pluralist theme was expressed. Not only Christians but also Buddhists in Japan now recognize Hick's way of understanding religion as compelling importance for building a peaceful world. In this sense, the essays collected here and reflecting Hick's legacy, looking especially at his philosophical and theological concerns are a real and valuable contribution.' - Hiromasa Mase, Professor Emeritus of Keio University in Tokyo, Japan

'John Hick's wide ranging and important contributions to the philosophy of religion are fittingly recognised in these essays. Collectively and individually, they testify to the enduring significance of Hick's treatment of such issues as religious pluralism, the problem of evil and the nature of salvation. They will be of interest to students of religion in general and of John Hick in particular.' - Peter Byrne, Emeritus Professor of Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion, King's College London