The Existence of God / Edition 2

The Existence of God / Edition 2

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The Existence of God / Edition 2

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199271672
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/03/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1.Inductive Arguments4
2.The Nature of Explanation23
3.The Justification of Explanation52
4.Complete Explanation73
5.The Intrinsic Probability of Theism93
6.The Explanatory Power of Theism: General Considerations110
7.The Cosmological Argument133
8.Teleological Arguments153
9.Arguments from Consciousness and Morality192
10.The Argument from Providence219
11.The Problem of Evil236
12.Arguments from History and Miracles273
13.The Argument from Religious Experience293
14.The Balance of Probability328
Additional Note 1The Trinity343
Additional Note 2Recent Arguments to Design from Biology346
Additional Note 3Plantinga's Argument against Evolutionary Naturalism350

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