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Views of Salvation & The Divine

1a. The concept of salvation is at the core of Christian faith. Tillich (107) and Hick ("Names" 111) refer to what they describe as the outmoded Christian view that salvation is attainable only through faith in Jesus Christ, by way of the Church, with all the ethical and spiritual activity and dogma that such a faith implies. Hick says that in light of the encounter of the world's religions this view has been modified to the view that the Church offers "special" access to salvation, adding that it is "still working within the presuppositions of the old dogma" (Hick, "Names" 112). Hick finds this explanation inadequate, and he provides a modified Christian concept of salvation as the experience, by way of the figure of Christ, as "living contact with the transcendent God. . . . We believe that he is so truly God's servant that in living as his disciples we are living according to the divine purpose" (Hick, "Names 115). On that view, Christian salvation is arguably an experience of earthly consciousness and not necessarily an aspect of in inchoate afterlife.

The Islamic view of salvation is contained in doctrine of the Day of Judgment: "For the Muslim life on earth is the seedbed of an eternal future. It will be followed by a day of reckoning which is foreshadowed [in the Koran] in the most awesome terms" (Smith 989). The ethical basis for human behavior, including the correct observance of Islamic law, informs Islam's concept of salvation in the doctrine of heaven and hell, although Smith explains that some Muslims interpret the doctrine literally and others symbolically. Salvation, or the "joy of joys consists in the beatific vision in which the veil which divides man from Allah will be rent forever and his heavenly glory disclosed to the soul untrammeled by its earthly raiments" (Smith 99).

1b. The impulse in human existence toward a connection with the divine that carries with it some resolution of the vicissitudes of human...

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