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Was Jesus God?

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Writing clearly and powerfully, Swinburne argues that it is probable that the main Christian doctrines about the nature of God and his actions in the world are true. In virtue of his omnipotence and perfect goodness, the author shows, God must be a Trinity, live a human life in order to share our suffering, and found a church which would enable him to tell all humans about ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published August 15th 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published July 1st 2008)
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Nick Xylas
Feb 07, 2012 Nick Xylas rated it really liked it
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
Jonathan B
Dec 31, 2015 Jonathan B rated it really liked it
The title of the book may be a bit misleading. The book is not primarily focused on arguing for the deity of Christ (against, say Arian views of Jesus). This book is actually an extension of Swinburne's book 'Is There a God?'. In that book Swinburne argues for the plausibility of theism. In this book Swinburne argues for the plausibility of Christian theism.

So the book's argument is much broader than the deity of Jesus or the Trinity, though it does include arguments for both of those things. R
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William Staton
Sep 10, 2014 William Staton rated it liked it
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"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
Keith Bell
Thought provoking look at Christianity and its proofs from a philosophical perspective.
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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 ...more
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