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The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne


Investigates whether the claim that there is a God can be spelt out in a coherent way. Part 1 analyses how we can show some claim to be coherent or incoherent. God is supposed to be a personal being, omnipresent, perfectly free and creator of the universe, omnipotent, omniscient, perfectly good, a source of moral obligation, and eternal. Part 2 analyses how these divine properties can be understood in a coherent and mutually consistent way. Part 3 considers divine necessity and claims that God's existence necessarily must be understood as this being the ultimate brute fact on which all else de ... More

Keywords: analogy, Aquinas, Christianity, coherence, existence of God, God, necessity, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, Richard Swinburne, theism, theology, worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240709
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198240708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
University of Oxford
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