Religious Pluralism: John Hick and the Elephant with Every Other Name
According to John Hick’s thesis of religious pluralism, all religions are simply different perspectives of the same reality. This explanation is controversial and, although popular, has some significant problems. 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. Thus, one should reject his view.