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The Parable Of The Road By John Harwood Hicks


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The Parable Of The Road By John Harwood Hicks

  1. 1. By: Hassaan Haroon ID:19334 HISTORY OF IDEAS “THE PARABLE OF THE ROAD” By Sir John Hick
  2. 2. John Harwood H.John Harwood Hick (20 January 1922 – 9 February 2012) 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.”
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4.  “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 after death.  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 Principle argues.
  5. 5.  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 after death.  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.
  6. 6. Conclusion  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!