9780198779704

The Coherence of Theism Second Edition

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    9780198779704

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-07-12
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The Coherence of Theism investigates what it means, and whether it is coherent, to say that there is a God. Richard Swinburne concludes that despite philosophical objections, most traditional claims about God are coherent (that is, do not involve contradictions); and although some of the most important claims are coherent only if the words by which they are expressed are being used in analogical senses, this is the way in which theologians have usually claimed that they are being used. When the first edition of this book was published in 1977, it was the first book in the new 'analytic' tradition of philosophy of religion to discuss these issues. Since that time there have been very many books and discussions devoted to them, and this new, substantially rewritten, second edition takes account of these discussions and of new developments in philosophy generally over the past 40 years. These discussions have concerned how to analyse the claim that God is 'omnipotent', whether God can foreknow human free actions, whether God is everlasting or timeless, and what it is for God to be a 'necessary being'. On all these issues this new edition has new things to say.

Author Biography


Richard Swinburne, University of Oxford

Richard Swinburne has taught at many universities in the UK and in various foreign countries, and continues to give lectures abroad frequently since his retirement. From 1972 to 1984 he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Keele, after which he was Professor of Philosophy of Religion in the University of Oxford. He has written many books and papers on many areas of philosophy, especially philosophy of religion, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
Part I. Religious Language
2. Conditions for Coherence--Logical Possibility
3. Conditions for Coherence--Metaphysical Possibility
4. The Words of Theology--(1) Words with Old and New Senses
5. The Words of Theology--(2) Medieval and Modern Accounts
6. Attitude Theories
Part II. A Contingent God
7. An Omnipresent Spirit
8. Free and Creator of the Universe
9. Omnipotent
10. Omniscient
Appendix on Omniscience in the Bible and Christian tradition
11. Perfectly Good and a Source of Moral Obligation
12. Eternal and Immutable
Part III. A Necessary God
13. God's Necessary Properties
14. A Necessary Being
15. Holy and Worthy of Worship
Additional Notes
Index

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