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On conflicting religious truth–claims

  • John Hick (a1)


In their article ‘On Grading Religions, Seeking Truth, and Being Nice to People’ (Religious Studies, XIX, 75–80) Paul Griffiths and Delmas Lewis present my view of the relation between the world religions as a ‘nonjudgmental inclusivism’ which, in the interests of harmony and goodwill, denies that the different religions make conflicting truth–claims. Indeed, according to Griffiths and Lewis, I deny that they make any truth–claims at all. Thus ‘since the apparently incompatible truth–claims found in the world's major religious systems are not in fact truth–claims at all, there can be no incompatibility between them’ (p. 76). And so no arguments arise and we can all be nice to each other!



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page 486 note 1 For more about this, see my article in Hick, John, ed., Truth and Dialogue (London: Sheldon Press, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1974) and Death and Eternal Life (London: Collins, New York: Harper & Row, 1976), chaps. 16–19.

page 486 note 2 Reincarnation as a Christian Hope (London: Macmillan, New York: Barnes & Noble, 1982).

page 486 note 3 Towards the Truth, ed. Swearer, Donald (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1972).

page 488 note 1 For a recent discussion see Goulder, Michael and Hick, John, Why Believe in God? (London: SCM Press, 1983).

page 488 note 2 In various articles and in the American edition of God Has Many Names (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1982).

page 489 note 1 Buddhism: Its Essence and Development (Oxford: Cassirer, 3rd edn 1957), p. 39.

page 489 note 2 Majjhima-Nikāya, 1, 431. The Middle Length Sayings, vol. 11, trans. 1. Horner, B. (London: Luzac, 1957), p. 101.


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