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The Existence of God$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.001.0001

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The Intrinsic Probability of Theism

The Intrinsic Probability of Theism

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(p.93) 5 The Intrinsic Probability of Theism
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The Existence of God
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.003.0006

The major a priori factor determining the prior probability of a hypothesis is its simplicity, and for a hypothesis as wide-ranging as theism a priori factors alone determine prior probability. The hypothesis of theism is a very simple hypothesis. It postulates one personal being, God, essentially omnipotent, omniscient, perfectly free and eternal. Having powers, beliefs, and intentions are essential for being a person at all; theism postulates a person of such a kind that there are no limits to his powers, true beliefs, choice of intention, and temporal existence, except those of logic. God's perfect goodness follows from the other properties.

Keywords:   eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, perfectly free, perfectly goodplicity

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