John Hick on the Self and Resurrection

  • Frank B. Dilley
  • Stephen T. Davis
  • John Hick
Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series


There are two issues which I wish to explore, perhaps neither of them extremely important, and yet each is a serious issue in the interpretation of the work of John Hick. Fortunately for us teachers of philosophy of religion, Hick’s early work is still before us in the form of successive editions of his justly popular Philosophy of Religion, which should be due for another update soon. The material I want to discuss was written during the first half of his career. His concern for world religions which was emerging then has led him to the further developments which have characterized his work since the middle 1970s.1 His more recent repudiation of biblical conservatism and exclusivism had already been prefigured in his choice of an Irenaean theodicy, which, as he noted explicitly, was universalistic. When exclusivism fell, along with it went the notion that the biblical view was true in any absolute sense, and Hick has spent the rest of his career working out the details of that realization in a rather brilliant way.


Personal Identity False Memory Physical Body Exact Copy World Religion 
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  1. 18.
    John Perry, A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1978) pp. 36–7.Google Scholar

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© The Claremont Graduate School 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank B. Dilley
    • 1
  • Stephen T. Davis
    • 2
  • John Hick
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of DelawareUSA
  2. 2.Claremont McKenna CollegeUSA
  3. 3.World Religions and CulturesClaremont Graduate SchoolUSA

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