Essay A Book Analysis of “Is Jesus the Only Savior”

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A Book Analysis of “Is Jesus the Only Savior” Chapters 1-6: Pluralism by Ronald H. Nash

Justin W. Cullen
Theology 313
July 29, 2012

Analysis

Ronald H. Nash begins his book responding the position of pluralism in regards to the exclusivity of Jesus Christ, mainly directed at John Hick, who was a leading proponent of pluralism until his death earlier this year. Nash was an evangelical Baptist theologian and apologist, who subscribed to the Calvinist tradition. Within his book, Nash tackles several of Hick’s arguments relating to the pluralism and universality of Christianity. Nash reveals in chapters 1-6, the evolution of Hick’s philosophy of pluralism and understanding of pluralism, which conflicts with the Christian’s view of the
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Smith, and Paul Knitter are in direct opposition to each other. Nash affirms that if two truths, which are diametrically opposed to one another, cannot still both be true. This would violate one of the primary laws of logic being the law of non-contradiction. Hick argues that truth can be relative and subjective to the person believing in the truth. In a sense, two truths that are opposite to each other can still be true despite their undeniable contradiction to each other. Conversely, Nash states “truth is a property of some propositions.” Therefore, pluralists have attempted to redefine truth with something other than propositions. However, Nash rebuttals this ideal held by pluralist revealing the usages of truth has to have a basis in property. Truth is not merely a difference in opinion as Smith attempts to define it. Pluralist according to Nash will state that when someone from a certain religion is affirming or denying religious truths they are only stating their opinion or preference for that religion. However, this is not an accurate statement and in order for it to be true, Smith is required to change propositions of all people groups and from a vase array of world religions. Nash relates these arguments like Smith’s idea of pluralist finds their basis in existentialism. Nash affirms that if Smith’s theory is correct, then every follower of each of the worlds’ major religions are wrong and
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