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Philosophy of Religion In this essay I will attempt to defend the sociological theory of religion attacking John H Hicks view of a non proven verdict of the subject I will defend the theory and explain how it is philosophically interesting In the 3rd chapter of John H Hicks book Philosophy of Religion Hick explains the sociological theory of religion and then makes 3 points damaging it In order to focus my analysis I shall center my essay upon a discussion of the following 5-step argument assumed here to be valid but not necessarily sound making the issue of soundness the key issue 1 The first point that Hick makes in damaging the theory of sociological religion is the assumption that the theory fails to account for God loves all human beings and summons all men and women to care for one another as brothers and sisters On the contrary society tends to serve and act as God would in this situation Society is almost always pro world peace and would favor the idea of loving everyone but instead replaces the love for respect which seems to be more realistic The realistic view that this provides seems to be philosophically interesting because it doesnt pose unrealistic images of loving everyone rather loving and respecting the group as a whole Christianity follows this same belief in their code of morals known as the 10 commandments containing the commandment love thy neighbor The sociological theory of religion also promotes love for everyone but in different ways Instead it says that caring for the group is the most important concept not just an individual Within these boundaries its not important to love different individuals separately rather love the group society and try to better it This is philosophically interesting because it gives an explanation to the theory that God loves everyone and Everyone should love everyone else Within the boundaries of the
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