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November 2014 Policy Study, Number 14-7


Religious Pluralism: John Hick and the Elephant With Every Other Name


Part III



In conclusion, one can see the many areas where Hick’s account is implausible. On the positive side, Hick’s religious pluralism may try to promote tolerance between the different religious systems.  Yet, although promoting tolerance is good, tolerance only makes sense if you think the other person’s view is false. I do not tolerate those that I agree with because there is nothing to tolerate. It is important to recognize that each religion holds to beliefs they think are true that others do not. There is no reason to say a religion holds no beliefs that contradict those of other religions when this is evidently the case. Further, for those who say all the contradictory beliefs are true make the very notion of truth meaningless.[18]  Thus, because Hick’s account rests on the fallacy of equivocation and cannot deal with the obvious areas of contradiction between different religious systems, one should reject his view.




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