Religious Pluralisms: From Homogenization to Radicality

  title={Religious Pluralisms: From Homogenization to Radicality},
  author={Mikel Burley},
  • M. Burley
  • Published 1 June 2020
  • Philosophy
  • Sophia
Among the philosophical and theological responses to the phenomenon of religious diversity, religious pluralism has been both prominent and influential. Of its various proponents, John Hick and John Cobb represent two important figures whose respective positions, especially that of Hick, have done much to shape the debate over religious pluralism. This article critically analyses their positions, arguing that, by unhelpfully homogenizing religious perspectives, each of them fails to do justice… 
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