This paper is on the riches of John Hick's religious pluralism and the promises it holds for religious tolerance in the world today. Hick's religious pluralism, simply put, holds that every religion is a way and no religion is the way and that way removes every sense of religious supremacy among the different religions. The objective of the paper is to showcase the tenets of Hick's religious pluralism and its implication for the much sought after religious tolerance. The method used is comparative analysis of the tenets of pluralism and that of religious exclusivism, inclusivism and relativism which projects the accommodating ideals of Hick's pluralism. The paper identifies the major and universal principles where the major religions can show some tolerance as conditions for peace and brotherhood.
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8. Cantwell, p. 16
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11. Kosoke Koyama, A Theological Reflection of Religious Pluralism, Minnesold, World Council of Churches, 2017, p. 89.
12. John Hick, “The Next Step Beyond Dialogue” in The Myth of Religious Superiority, A Multi-Faith exploration, ed. Paul Knitter, 1999, pp. 234-252
13. See John Paul 11, Address at the interreligious meeting in Notra Dame, Jerusalem, 23, March 2002, n. 4; L'Osservatore Romano English Language Edition, 29 March 2000, p. 8
14. John Paul 11, Message for 2003 World Day of Peace, n.9