Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Death of John Hick
I was sorry to hear yesterday about the death of John Hick (Prosblogion, Jim West, John Hick: The Official Website; University of Birmingham page). One of the great privileges of working for a decade at the University of Birmingham was being surrounded by brilliant men like Michael Goulder and John Hick. And listening to those two men engage with one another about matters of theology and ethics was always fascinating. Their jointly authored little book, Why Believe in God? is a fantastic read. For many years "the Open End" meetings, which focused on theological and philosophical topics, and which were attended by academics from around the Birmingham area, were the talk of the town. On a personal level, I always found John Hick very encouraging. He was always eager to ask about the latest in Biblical Studies, albeit often with a view to discussing how they impacted on theology and philosophy.