By Chester Gillis

An try and problem John Hick's conception of salvation which examines the biblical language of fable and metaphor. Hick continues that the Christian interpretation of salvation within which Christ is known because the unique and ultimate revelation of God is inaccurate.

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As a middle-aged scholar who has come upon a whole new area of interest and investigation, it is nearly impossible for Hick to begin again with basic language study and critical exegesis of the sacred texts of another language and tradition and at the same time maintain professional commitments previously assumed. Thus Hick has had to rely primarily upon the critical scholarship of others for his own understanding and refinement of the issues at stake in the other religions. He envisions the project of interreligious dialogue as one which is corporate and cannot be accomplished alone.

The past, the present, and the possible future direction of a tradition should be clear and open to scrutiny. 4. ' 56 One must trust that the other representative(s) in a dialogue are also following the direction of rule three with regard to integrity and honesty. Suspicions that another is less than sincere or honest will only serve to undermine the dialogue process. 5. ' 57 This ground rule prevents dialogue participants from being described or defined by anyone outside of their own tradition.

The element of interpretation is a critical mark of religious belief and knowledge. Faith is a process of total interpretation of a person's experience. Events that occur and experiences that happen to people are in themselves open to a variety of interpretations. It is only through a process of interpretation that one comes to understand the meaning and significance of an event. There is an inherent ambiguity to events and experiences, which is only clarified by a process of interpretation. That process of interpretation is the root of Hick's basic epistemology.

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