I am very sorry to have to tell you that John Hick passed away yesterday evening. According to his son Pete, John died peacefully in his arms. We had John’s 90th birthday only three weeks ago.
John was Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University and H. G. Wood Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham. He delivered Gifford Lectures in 1986-7 and he was awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Religion in 1991. He was best known for his work on the problem of evil, religious pluralism, eschatology and Christology. He published numerous books including Faith and Knowledge, Evil and the God of Love, Death and the Eternal Life, An Interpretation of Religion, The Metaphor of God Incarnate and Between Faith and Doubt. John was also highly respected in Birmingham for his community service in the areas of civil rights and inter-faith/inter-race relations.
Last year the University of Birmingham awarded him an honorary doctorate and launched the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion in honour of him. His last public speech can be watched here.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
We will provide further details as they become available.
I am sorry to put so many posts about Birmingham here, but I expect to make one or two more exciting announcements about John Hick this year. John is 88 years old but he never stops writing. Last year he published Between Faith and Doubt, an engaging introduction to his philospohical views. I highly recommend it. In March we are organising the following event in honour of John.
Conference website: http://www.ptr.bham.ac.uk/news/events/Hick_Symposium.shtml
Registration by: February 28, 2011
Organised by: Sharada Sugirtharajah (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Yujin Nagasawa (email@example.com)
Sponsored by: The Mind Association, the Spalding Trust, and the University of Birmingham
This Symposium, held in honour of Emeritus Professor John Hick, celebrates the contributions of one of most the influential British philosophers of religion of our time. Hick’s ideas have generated a lively debate among philosophers, scholars of religions and advocates of religious pluralism. He is the author of numerous books and most of his works have been translated into different languages. Hick delivered the Gifford Lectures in 1986-87, and his ground-breaking book An Interpretation of Religion won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 1991. Hick’s advocacy of religious pluralism is grounded in practical realities. He was at the forefront of race relations in Birmingham, and as co-founder of All Faiths for One Race (AFFOR) Hick played a pivotal role in promoting community and inter-faith relations in the 1970s.
Marilyn McCord Adams (University of North Carolina)
Keith Ward (Heythrop College)
Paul Badham (University of Wales)
Gavin D’ Costa (University of Bristol)
Stephen T. Davis (Claremont McKenna College)
Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham)
Rex Ambler (University of Birmingham)
Chester Gillis (Georgetown University)
Ursula King (University of Bristol)
Paul Knitter (Union Theological Seminary)
Julius Lipner (University of Cambridge)
Timothy Musgrove (TextDigger Inc., California)
George Newlands (University of Glasgow)
Alan Race (St. Philips Centre, Leicester)
Perry Schmidt-Leukel (University of MÃ¼nster)
Anastasia Scrutton ( University of Durham)
Mary Ann Stenger (University of Louisville)
Sharada Sugirtharajah (University of Birmingham)
Geoff Teece (University of Birmingham)
Zhicheng Wang (Zhejiang University)