A teleological interpretation of John Hick's threefold typology

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dc.contributor.author Matsumoto, Fumihiko
dc.contributor.author Kajornpat Tangyin
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-26T07:46:47Z
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dc.date.issued 2019
dc.description.abstract This research critically investigates the soteriological ground of John Hick’s religious typology and his understanding of Religious Pluralism. It begins by considering the criticsims of Gavin D’Costa who, in his early work, favored Hick’s typology in Theology and Religious Pluralism, but later became critical of it in his work, Impossibility of a Pluralist view of Religions. It will also consider Paul Knitter’s alternative fourfold typology introduced in his work, Introducing Theologies of Religions, and Mark Heim’s ideas concerning religious pluralism in his work Salvation. Finally, the paper will investigate Zen Buddhism’s view of a “positionless position” as a “non-common denominator” from Masao Abe’s Buddhism and Interfaith Dialogue to see if Hick’s idea of ultimate reality is viable basis to defend religious pluralism. After demonstrating these critiques of Hick’s main soteriological grounds of this threefold typology, the research defends a new framework of threefold typology, not built on soteriological grounds, but on teleological grounds, in order to fulfill Hick’s own wishes for promoting peace both spiritually and socially. This is a new framework which can embrace the beliefs of not only pluralists, but also exclusivists and inclusivists, and those who comprise the majority of Christians in the world today. en_US
dc.format.extent 23 pages en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Prajna Vihara: The Journal of Philosophy and Religion 20, 1 (January-June 2019), 18-40 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.au.edu/handle/6623004553/22209
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Assumption University Press en_US
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dc.rights.holder Assumption University en_US
dc.subject Exclusivism en_US
dc.subject Inclusivism en_US
dc.subject Religious pluralism en_US
dc.subject Ultimate reality en_US
dc.subject.other Prajna Vihara: -- Journal of Philosophy and Religion en_US
dc.subject.other Prajna Vihara: -- Journal of Philosophy and Religion -- 2019 en_US
dc.title A teleological interpretation of John Hick's threefold typology en_US
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