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The Existence of God

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Richard Swinburne presents a substantially rewritten and updated edition of his most celebrated book. No other work has made a more powerful case for the probability of the existence of God. Swinburne argues compellingly that the existence of the universe, its law-governed nature and fine-tuning, human consciousness and moral awareness, and evidence of miracles and religio ...more
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Published March 25th 2004 by Clarendon Press (first published 1979)
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David M
Theism - the thesis that there is such a person as God, and this person is the creator of the universe

What kind of person is god? disembodied, infinitely good, all-powerful*, all-knowing**

*all-powerful but subject to the rules of logic ; god cannot do logically absurd things; for instance, cannot make 1 + 1 equal anything other than 2. On Swinburne's account, the whole platonic paraphernalia of abstract objects then stands mysteriously apart from god; god can explain the origins of consciousness
Josphine Aziz
الكتاب صعب، لكن كلما تقدمت في القراءة كلما سهل هضم ما به..
هذا الكتاب بالطبع ليس للكل، يحتاج من القارئ أن يكون على دراية بمناهج المنطق وقوانين الطبيعة المختلفة...
الفصول الأولى صعبة بشكل كبير، هو بيحط فيها طريقته في الوصول للنتيجة، بيشرح المنهج الاستنتاجي والاستقراءي وامتة نستخدم دا وامتة نستخدم دا للوصول للنتايج، وضح نوعيات النتايج (جزئية أو كلية)، كذلك الحقائق،
استطاع منطقيا توضيح ضرورة وجود الله من خلال الطبيعة (الكون المادي بمكوناته وتفاعلات تلك المكونات مع بعض)، ناقش تكوين الانسان (كروح ونفس
Jacob Williams
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the best defense of theism I've read. I'm not converted, but Swinburne is certainly more compelling than, say, William Lane Craig.
Oct 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this is a very technical philosophical defense of the existence of God. for the most part, i agree with swinburne, and i encourage those who have the acumen to digest difficult arguments to read this book. the payoff is huge! in addition to educating the reader on philosophy of religion, this book is a primer on confirmation theory, epistemology, and metaphysics.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics, ideas
This book is a challenge for a non-philosopher, but still worth reading. He does a remarkably thorough job of presenting the chief arguments for the existence of God. The beginning chapters lay out his approach, and are probably the most difficult ones in the book. Once he gets into the various arguments the reading gets a bit less daunting, but not easy by any means. It helps going in to be familiar with Bayes Theorem and its use in philosophy, as he uses it extensively in most chapters. He doe ...more
Ben Holloway
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Swinburne's classic attempt to apply Bayes' Theorem to the hypothesis 'God exists' is a masterful example of inductive argument. If the hypothesis succeeds in offering a simpler, more powerful, comprehensive explanation that has the best fit with our background knowledge, then this book provides a powerful argument for the existence of God.

Swinburne argues that if his theory of explanation is workable, then there a good cumulative case can be made for theism by invoking variously reworked theis
Calum Miller
The most comprehensive account I've come across so far. Very good read, convincing account with strong argument, and goes into a lot of detail. Quite a tough read to start with, but it's OK once you get going, and you appreciate the tedious start in the end, to see how the arguments do relate to the probability of God's existence. Should probably take a look at his "Resurrection of God Incarnate" for further evidence, as he doesn't elaborate on Jesus' resurrection in this book. I liked it.
Daniel A. Duran
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I removed one star due dense, laborious paragraphs, also Professor Swinburne has problems getting to the point of an issue. But, the existence of god is a rich and rewarding book for those interested in philosophy of religion.
Jeffrey Backlin
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Advanced: the second in a trilogy. Swinburne discusses the existence of God via natural theology.
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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