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Christian Theology and Religious Pluralism A Critical Evaluation of John Hick by David S. Nah

Christian Theology and Religious Pluralism A Critical Evaluation of John Hick

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Christian Theology and Religious Pluralism A Critical Evaluation of John Hick by David S. Nah

While much has been written analyzing the philosophical basis of Hick's pluralism, very little attention has been devoted to the theological foundations of his argument. Filling this gap, this book examines Hick's theological attempts to systematically deconstruct the church's traditional incarnational Christology. Special attention is given to evaluating Hick's foundational theses that Jesus himself did not teach what was to become the orthodox Christian understanding of him and that the dogma of Jesus' two natures ...has proved to be incapable of being explicated in any satisfactory way. By elucidating the ways in which Hick's arguments fail, David Nah demonstrates that Hick was unwarranted in breaking away from the church's incarnational Christology that has been at the core of Christianity for almost two thousand years.


Nah's work is marked by generous and appreciative words for Hick, Nah hits his target or raises very serious questions that Hick does notanswer.

Paul Hedges, Modern Believing 54.3, July 2013

'...the book is immensely helpful in carefully outlining Hick's Christology in relation to religious pluralism- and offering a robust rejoinder not unlike that achieved by Carruthers, but Nah certainly brings the debate up to date.
Gavin D

'Costa, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol. 21, No.1, January 2014

This volume is accessible to students as an introduction to theology of religions within a specific doctrinal context. Theologians and philosophers of religion will recognize that this volume emphasizes important methodological and philosophical issues involved in the work of finding common ground across diverse religions.

Nathan G. Wheeler, Liberty University, Virginia, USA, Theological Book Review (tbr), Vol. 25, No.2, 2013

... Nah provides an impressive model of theological polemics with his respectful and fair engagement with his former teacher's ideas. The lucidity of the argument suggests that we will be hearing much more from him going forward.

Amos Yong, Regent University School of Divinity, in Religious Studies Review, Vol 39, No 2, June 2013

...this is the reason this book can be strongly recommended as an introduction to the pluralistic theory of religion and the main arguments of its opponents. -Michael Bongardt, Theologische Literaturzeitung No 150Heft 1/2, January/Febuary'

About the Author

David S. Nah is Associate Professor of Theology at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He obtained his PhD from the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.

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Publication date

31st January 2013


David S. Nah

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James Clarke & Co Ltd


242 pages


Christian theology
Interfaith relations



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