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Was Jesus God?
Richard Swinburne argues compellingly that if there is a God, then the main doctrines which the Christian Church teaches about God are very probably true. In particular, he shows that there is strong philosophical support for the belief that Jesus, while remaining God, acquired a human nature and lived on earth for 30 years as a human being.
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published August 15th 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published July 1st 2008)
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Was Jesus God? is a sort-of-sequel to Richard Swinburne's Is There a God?, in which Swinburne, a professor of philosphy at Oxford University, sets out to demonstrate that theism represents a plausible explanation for the origins of the universe. In this book, Professor Swinburne takes this conclusion further, and shows that if there is a God, it would be logical for him to behave in the manner attributed to him in the Nicene Creed; taking on human form, suffering and being resurrected from the d ...more
"There is only one serious candidate for being God incarnate about whom there is historical evidence if he did these things and not in the least expected if he did not. So [...] it is very probable that God became incarnate in Jesus, who led a perfect life, suffered, was crucified, and buried; and that he rose from the dead, made atonement for our sins, and founded a Church." Page 166. Those sentences sum up most of the arguments covered in this book. I think I took too long reading it. Some of ...more
Richard G. Swinburne is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. Over the last 50 years Swinburne has been a very influential proponent of natural theology, that is, philosophical arguments for the existence of God. His philosophical contributions are primarily in philosophy of religion and philosophy of science. He aroused much discussion with his early work in the philoso ...moreMore about Richard Swinburne...