From Yorkshire schoolboy to philosopher and theologian of International renown, John Hick tells his life story in this warm and absorbing autobiography. Painting a vivid picture of Twentieth-century soceity, from 1950s America to racial tensions in England and in apartheid-era South Africa, he recounts the events that have shaped his life, including his early conversion to evangelical Christianity, his role as a conscientious objector in the Second World War, and his gradual often controversial- move towards a religious pluralism embracing all the world faiths. This thoughtful reflection on the changing face of religion and insight into one man's spiritual and intellectual journey will appeal to any concerned with the great human questions, from belief in the Transcendent, to the role of faith, and the nature of death and beyond.
John Hick, a world renowned theologian and philosopher of religion, is the author of numerous books, many of which have become classics in their field. He is currently a Fellow of the Insitute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Educated at Edinburgh and Oxford, he delivered the Gifford Lectures in 1986-7 and received the Grawemeyr Award for significant new thinking in religion in 1991.
"He deserves to be honoured in his own country, and even in the Anglican ecclesiastical establishment"
– Church Times
"one of the most stimulating books I have ever read."
"This is an eminently readable, frequently humorous, account of the life 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."
– Desmond Tutu - Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town
"John Hick is a man with a lovely combination of human qualtities. 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."