Janusz Salamon

John Hick’s Philosophy of Religious Pluralism – A Critical Examination

08 - 2003, pages 167–182
Date of online publication: 15 June 2015
Date of publication: 01 November 2003


This article consists of two parts. In the first one, the author takes a close look at the fundamental assertions and assumptions of John Hick’s ‘pluralistic hypothesis’. In the second, he points out some weaknesses in it. The author attempts to show that Hick’s efforts to prove that adherents of different religions do not contradict themselves as far as essentials are concerned lead him to a point where he must embrace an anti-realist understanding of religious language. He also draws attention to the fact that Hick’s concept of salvation (liberation), which he thinks is common to all religions, as well as his views about the extent to which religious language is mythological in nature, make his position virtually indistinguishable from that of revisionist theologians.


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Salamon, Janusz. “John Hick’s Philosophy of Religious Pluralism – A Critical Examination.” Forum Philosophicum 8 (2004): 167–182. doi:10.5840/forphil2003817.