By: Hassaan Haroon
HISTORY OF IDEAS
“THE PARABLE OF THE ROAD”
By Sir John Hick
John Harwood H.John Harwood Hick
(20 January 1922 – 9 February
was a philosopher of
religion and theologian.
He is best known for his findings
of religious pluralism which is
different from the traditional
Christian teachings .
He was described as the “greatest
living philosopher of global religion.”
Hick’s Parable Of The Road
“Two men are travelling together along a road. One of
them believes that it leads to the Celestial City, the other
that it leads nowhere. But since this is the only road
there is, both must travel it. Neither has been on this
way before, therefore neither is able to say what they
will find around each corner. During their journey they
meet with moments of refreshment and delight, and with
moments of hardship and danger. All the time one of
them thinks of his journey as a pilgrimage to the
Celestial City. The other, however, believes none of this,
and sees their journey as an unavoidable and aimless
ramble. Yet, when they turn the last corner, it will be
apparent that one of them has been right all the time
“The Parable Of The Road” also known as
“Eschatological Verification” tells us that:
person one, the believer, who believes in life after
death (the celestial city).
Person two, the non-believer, believes there is no life
Both people go through life on a "road". At the end is
either the city or nothing. One person will be right,
and the other will be wrong.
This shows that religious statements are verifiable or
discovered later (in the afterlife) so they do not have
to be verified immediately, as the Verification
He, himself does not claim that religious statements are
true or false instead his point is that the two men
experience the journey differently:
If the claims are true, you will be able to see for yourself
that God, Heaven and angels do exist and there is life
However, if the claims are not true, the atheist will be
proven right and there is no concept of life after death
Basically, our BELIEF makes a difference.
Any religious statements cannot be verified in this world,
instead hey can be claimed true or false in the next life.
It is upon ourself that what set of belief do we follow and
that will lead us to where we belong.
BUT LOGICALLY, ONE IS RIGHT AND ONE IS NOT!