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An try and problem John Hick's conception of salvation which examines the biblical language of delusion and metaphor. Hick continues that the Christian interpretation of salvation during which Christ is known because the specific and ultimate revelation of God is wrong.

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Hick is primarily a theologian/ philosopher of religion. He willingly admits a dependence upon historians of religion, Indologists, Sanscritists, among others, for his own project to be pursued honestly and thoroughly. 84 Hick's embrace of the world of religious pluralism is a new adventure, A Question of Final Belief 30 which he sees as an important aspect of the future of theological discourse. It is on the cutting edge. As Hick says: The really exciting theological tasks of the future, as I see them, do not lie so much in the further retrospective study and refinement of one's own tradition (although this should always continue as one activity among others) as in larger comparative and intellectual studies, ultimately on a world scale.

His growing knowledge of these has led him to question traditionally accepted beliefs of Christianity. The reconciliation of doctrines, theologies, and practices of Christianity with those of the other world religions is a task that he believes cannot be ignored in the present or the future. The issues at stake are not uncomplicated, the problems are multiple, and the move towards resolution potentially radical. (b) The Veil of Ignorance is Removed Christians have always lived, consciously or unconsciously, in a religiously plural world.

Explanations can be correct or incorrect. 12 This is the case because we relate the unfamiliar (that which is in need of explanation) to the familiar (that which is recognizable) in order to give it meaning. The instance of the universe is unique, however, since it cannot be explained in terms of a wider context and 'an explanation of it can therefore only consist in a perception of its significance'. 13 So here interpretation counts as both recognition and explanation. ' 14 What Hick wants to argue is that our religious knowledge, that is, our knowledge of God, is not unlike our knowledge of other things and experiences in general.

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