The essays in this book cover a wide range of issues centred on two themes, the search for truth, and the search for justice and peace.
The search for truth concerns the ultimate reality to which the world's great religions point, involving discussion of religious experience, religious language, the relations between religions, life and death, and Christian belief. The search for justice and peace is pursued in the quest for a global ethic and in the life and thought of Mahatma Gandhi and again in South Africa during the apartheid era.
Who or What is God? begins with the ordinary concept of God found today in most churches and in common discourse - the God whom such writers as Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchins in God is Not Great reject.
Hick also rejects this concept, but not the experience of transcendent reality that it so inadequately expresses. This leads to a distinction, drawn in different ways within each of the world faiths, between God or the Ultimate in itself and that reality as humanly known in terms of human concepts and in historically and regionally different forms.
'Two central concerns of all thinkers, the search for truth and the search for justice and peace, are dealt with by one of the most distinguished philosophers of religion of our time. The chapter on Christianity and Islam, in particular, raises very interesting and challenging issues that Muslim scholars need to address today.' -- Seyed Amir Akrami, Lecturer of Islamic Studies
'John Hick is undoubtedly the greatest living philosopher of global religion. This collection of essays gives a very clear and readable account of his mature views, and will be eagerly read by his many admirers. -- Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity,
'Who or What is God? is a choice selection of John Hick's substantial essays. Professor Hick is forthright as ever in advocacy while at the same time always engagingly modest: " My own version is of course not the only version, and there is endless scope for constructive discussion among liberal thinkers." Not recommended for readers who are nervous of sanity in theology and church.' -- George Newlands, Professor of Divinity
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