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The Existence of God

Richard Swinburne


This book assesses the worth of arguments for and against the existence of God. Evidence confirms (makes more probable) a hypothesis that explains that (1) given the hypothesis, the evidence is to be expected, i.e. the hypothesis makes the evidence probable, (2) the evidence is not otherwise to be expected, (3) the hypothesis is simple, and (4) it fits with background knowledge (i.e. knowledge about how things behave in neighbouring fields of enquiry.) When we are assessing hypotheses (such as theism, the hypothesis that there is a God) purporting to explain everything, there will be no backgr ... More

Keywords: Aquinas, Christianity, cosmogony, cosmology, evil, evolution, existence of God, God, inductive arguments, laws of nature, philosophy of religion, Richard Swinburne, theism, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198239637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
University of Oxford
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