Religious Studies



Exclusivism versus pluralism in religion: a response to Kevin Meeker


JOHN HICK a1
a1 144 Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6HU

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Abstract

I argue that Meeker is mistaken in two crucial respects. First, contrary to both myself and Plantinga, he treats exclusivism as a theory about the relation between the religions, and then claims that it is superior to the pluralist theory. But he does not say what his exclusivist theory is. Second, he bases his claim of a fundamental self-contradiction in my pluralist position on a view which I disavow, namely that altruism is the core of religion. He omits the central idea of a profound reorientation in response to the Real, of which altruism is a manifestation.

(Published Online April 7 2006)