Oxford: OneWorld, March 2003.,Hardback, pp. 328. £19.99 / $29.95.
Revised edition in Paperback, Oxford: OneWorld July 2005
From Yorkshire schoolboy to philosopher and theologian of international renown, John Hick tells his life story in this
warm and absorbing autobiography.
The author paints a vivid picture of twentieth-century society, from 1950's America to racial tensions in England and in apartheid South Africa. He recounts the events that have shaped his life, including his early conversion to evangelical Christianity, his role as a conscientous objector in World War II, and his gradual - and often controversial - move towards a religious pluralism embracing all the great world faiths.
As a thoughtful reflection on the changing face of religion, and a revealing insight into one man's spiritual and intellectual journey, these memoirs will also appeal to the many who have been influenced by John Hick's seminal work on the great human concerns: from belief in the Transcendent, to the role of faith throughout life, and the nature of death and beyond.
"This is an eminently readable, frequently humorous, account of the llfe of one of the world's most distinguished philosophers of religion He has never been scared of controversy in advocating justice, equity, and especially religious pluralism in the face of an orthodox, far too often fundamentalist, exclusivism.
How deeply indebted we are to him."
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU
"This is the life story of one whose intellectual, spirltual,
and practical example is an inspiration to all who devote their lives
to resisting evil without having to believe that all Truth and
Salvation is incarnated in only one place."
MUHAMMMAD ARKOUN, THE SORBONNE, PARIS
"John Hick is a man with a lovely combination of human qualities.
He is a scholar, has deep religious convictions, is a fervent
anti-racist, a deep pluralist and a warm friend. Understanding him
better might help more of us to nurture such values."
RT HON. CLARE SHORT MP
"This thoroughly informative and illuminating book tells the
life-story of a major contemporary philosopher of religion and
(though he scarcely likes to admit it) theologian. It is a must for all
interested in modem thinking about religion."
KEITH WARD, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Translated into Japanese