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The Coherence of Theism: Second Edition

Richard Swinburne


This book investigates on which understandings of the nature of God, it is coherent to hold, that is it is metaphysically possible, that God exists. Part I analyses what it is for a proposition to be metaphysically possible, and shows how this normally reduces it to being logically possible; and then analyses how we can show a proposition to be logically possible. Part II analyses what it is for God to be a person, omnipresent, perfectly free, creator of the universe, omnipotent, omniscient, perfectly good, and eternal. It claims that it is metaphysically possible that there exists a being wit ... More

Keywords: analogy, eternal, God, logical possibility, metaphysical possibility, necessary being, omnipresence, omniscience, perfect freedom, perfect goodness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
University of Oxford