The Existence of God

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Clarendon Press, Mar 25, 2004 - Philosophy - 372 pages
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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 gives a rigorous and penetrating analysis of the most important arguments for theism: the cosmological argument; arguments from the existence of laws of nature and the 'fine-tuning' of the universe; from the occurrence of consciousness and moral awareness; and from miracles and religious experience. He claims that while none of these arguments are deductively valid, they do give inductive support to theism and that, even when the argument from evil is weighed against them, taken together they offer good grounds to support the probability that there is a God. The overall structure of the discussion and its conclusion have been retained for this new edition, but much has been changed in order to strengthen the argumentation and to take account of Swinburne's subsequent work on the nature of consciousness and the problem of evil, and of the latest philosophical and scientific writing, especially in respect of the laws of nature and the argument from fine-tuning. This is now the definitive version of a classic in the philosophy of religion.
 

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Instead of being bias, I'll write an objective review of this book. But, granted, I am a theist so perhaps not so bias at all. In any case, whether you are Atheist or Theist, this book does a great job representing the theist understanding within a more scientific framework. Swinburne believes the Earth to be billions of years old too, no big deal guys and gals. The point of this book is not to make you hate theism more, or convert you (though I'm sure Swinburne would like that). The sole purpose of this book is to show that theism may be a more rational approach to understanding the world, even within the Neo-Darwinian framework (or more so, Swinburne's revision of that system [See Thomas Nagel's new book, "Mind and Cosmos"]). For anyone who wants to get both sides of the issue, and get an evolutionary theists perspective on this matter, this book is the place to go. If you are looking for arguments to be made against Swinburne, the lovely world of philosophy leads you to read this book and freely (or not freely) do so. So this book serves a great purpose for everyone. 

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