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Reconstructing John Hick’s theory of religious pluralism: a Chinese folk religion’s perspective

Wong, Wai Yip (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Hick’s pluralist assumption has remained the most knowable model of religious pluralism in the last few decades. Many have, from the perspectives of various major world religions, questioned his notion that the teachings of all religions are derived from the same Absolute Truth and that salvific-end is one, yet little attention has been paid to the traditions that he graded as unauthentic and non-valuable according to his soteriological and ethical criteriology. The purpose of this thesis was to demonstrate the exclusiveness of Hick’s model by describing a tradition called “Chinese Folk Religion” that does not fit into his definition of ‘authentic religion’. As the study suggested, his understanding of the world religious situation is over-generalised and simplified, and his particular criteriology does not treat all traditions fairly or pluralistically. As a response, this thesis proposed a more inclusive theory that also integrates the currently disregarded tradition into the interpretation.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Cheetham, David and Tang, Edmond
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Theology and Religion
Subjects:B Philosophy (General)
BL Religion
GR Folklore
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3627
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