When speaking at a conference on religion, I was asked by a colleague on what or whom I was currently writing. I responded that I was working on an analysis and critique of the soteriology of John Hick. ‘Hick’, he exclaimed, ‘that’s like walking through a mine field!’ His assessment was correct. But I already knew that. The same might have been said, and still might be said, of Augustine or Luther. While Hick is not a comparable historic theological groundbreaker, his work is similar at least in that his writings do not represent a systematic presentation of theology such as Aquinas or Calvin produced. It is rather a series of topical studies in shorter form. This leaves the systematization to someone else: a reader, a follower, a critic, a student of contemporary theology. I choose to assume this task.
KeywordsMine Field Christian Tradition Christian Theology World Religion Religious Pluralism
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