The Many Gods of Hick and Mavrodes

William Hasker and Hick John

in Evidence and Religious Belief

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603718
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729287 | DOI:
The Many Gods of Hick and Mavrodes

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George Mavrodes has argued, on the basis of John Hick’s An Interpretation of Religion, that Hick is ‘probably the most important philosophical defender of polytheism in the history of Western philosophy’. Hick, however, denies that this description pro­per­ly applies to him. This paper concludes that insofar as Hick maintains the Kantian-constructivist view of the divine personae and impersonae that is predominant in the Interpretation, he is able to avoid being classified as a polytheist. That work, however, also contains a realist view of such beings, a view which Hick defends as a viable alternative and at times seems to prefer. Where this realist view is concerned, this paper shows that Hick’s position is straightforwardly polytheistic. In his response, Hick explains his openness to a certain kind of polytheism, which he contends is consistent with his views on religious pluralism.

Keywords: Hick; Mavrodes; Kantianism; polytheism; pluralism

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Subjects: Metaphysics

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