"An important voice in interreligious dialogue for over twenty years. Professor Bryant has given us a fine little book on one of it biggest questions: how to understand the ineluctable plurality of the world's faiths. John Hick, a beacon in the field, has shown that tacklers of this question fall into one of two groups: naturalistic interpreters of religion who deny the reality of the supernatural but see religions as culturally varied sets of universally necessary psychological and social coping mechanisms, or religious interpreters of religion (like Hick) who, even while admitting the cogency of aspects of the naturalistic interpretation, hold finally that religions are culturally varied responses to a truly existent ultimate spiritual reality. Bryant belongs to this latter camp, pointedly rejecting the propostition that, in the matter of interpreting religion, God is an uneccessary hypothesis." ~ from the review
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