Revisiting Religious Pluralism

Keith E. Yandell

Keith E. Yandell argues that John Hick's religious pluralism, supposedly acceptable to all believers, requires that all religions be false and thus is consistently accepted only by rejecters of their own traditions. It postulates a "Real" that has substantial properties (so that pluralism can have explanatory content) and lacks them (so that all religions can be equally false). With admittedly no reason to accept it save for its alleged explanation of religious phenomena, the cognitive content that supplies that supposed explanation is inconsistent with religious pluralism's core content as well as inadequate in itself. Supposedly neutral, pluralism favors traditions that make ineffability central. Mr. Yandell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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