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Is There a God?

Richard Swinburne


This book is a short and non-technical presentation of the cumulative argument for the existence of God. An explanatory hypothesis is probable insofar as it leads us to expect many otherwise inexplicable events to be explained, is simple, and fits in with ‘background knowledge’ (this is knowledge of how things work in fields outside the scope of the hypothesis and this last criterion drops out when there is little outside the scope of the hypothesis.) By these criteria, the existence and operation of God provides the best and most probably true explanation of the existence of the universe, it ... More

Keywords: cumulative argument, evil, evolution, explanation, laws of nature, probability, universe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198235446
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
University of Oxford
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