On behalf of John Hick’s daughter Ele:
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My brothers and I would like to thank you all for the wonderful support we have received from you all. The messages we have received have been so generous and we have particularly appreciated that you speak so warmly of John the friend and person you knew as well as John the academic, scholar and philosopher.
I shall be collecting up all of those tributes and messages which will be posted on John’s website in due course. A life well lived without doubt!
My brothers and I wish to make an open invitation to friends, colleagues and students of John’s work to attend a memorial service for John to take place on Friday May 11th at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX. It will be at 2pm.
We are still working on the details but wanted to give you the date as soon as possible. One reason for choosing this particular venue is that is large enough to enable all who wish to attend to do so. The other reason is that he had long associations with Carrs Lane.
We anticipate that we will invite a small number of speakers to reflect on John’s life and work and will then hold a Quaker service (meeting) reflecting his choice of worship. Refreshments will be available after the service and hopefully plenty of opportunity for family, friends and colleagues to meet and talk together.
I will be in touch in due course with final details, maps etc. In the meanwhile, if you know you are likely to attend or know of others who intend to come, it would be helpful to know.
Ele Hick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
We are pleased to launch the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK.
The mission of the centre is to foster excellence in teaching and research in the philosophy of religion from a global perspective. We aim to be a top research centre in the philosophy of religion in Europe. The Centre is located in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion and is dedicated to promote critical thinking about the metaphysical, epistemological and moral questions concerning religion, belief, and reality.
The activities of the Centre include a regular seminar for staff and students, a visiting speaker programme, academic conferences, collaboration with other scholars (nationally and internationally) in developing research projects, and postgraduate teaching to nurture the next generation of philosophers of religion.
The Centre is named after John Hick, Emeritus H. G. Wood Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham. Hick is one of the most prominent philosophers of religion in our time and his work has been extremely influential for the last half century. Hick is also highly respected in Birmingham for his community service in the areas of civil rights and inter-faith/inter-race relations.
Centre website: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/philosophyofreligion/index.aspx