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Richard Swinburne presents a substantially rewritten and updated edition of his most celebrated book. No other work has made a more powerful case for the probability of the existence of God. Swinburne gives a rigorous and penetrating analysis of the most important arguments for theism: the cosmological argument; arguments from the existence of laws of nature and the fine-tuning of the universe; from the occurrence of consciousness and moral awareness; and from miracles and religious experience. He claims that while none of these arguments are deductively valid, they do give inductive support to theism and that, even when the argument from evil is weighed against them, taken together they make it overall probable that there is a God.

The original structure of the discussion and its conclusion have been retained for this new edition, but much has been changed in order to strengthen the argumentation and to take account of Swinburne's subsequent work on the nature of consciousness and the problem of evil, and of the latest philosophical and scientific writing, especially in respect of the laws of nature and the argument from fine-tuning. This is now the definitive version of a classic in the philosophy of religion.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780199271672
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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University of Oxford
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Table of Contents

1 Inductive arguments 4
2 The nature of explanation 23
3 The justification of explanation 52
4 Complete explanation 73
5 The intrinsic probability of theism 93
6 The explanatory power of theism : general considerations 110
7 The cosmological argument 133
8 Teleological arguments 153
9 Arguments from consciousness and morality 192
10 The argument from Providence 219
11 The problem of evil 236
12 Arguments from history and miracles 273
13 The argument from religious experience 293
14 The balance of probability 328
Additional Note 1 The Trinity 343
Additional Note 2 Recent arguments to design from biology 346
Additional Note 3 Plantinga's argument against evolutionary naturalism 350
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