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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) an explanatory hypothesis in so far as (1) given the hypothesis the evidence is to be expected, that is 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 ... More

Keywords: hypothesis, evidence, evolution, nature, experience, probability, theism, evil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199271672
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Oxford
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