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Coherence of Theism, 2nd ed (Richard Swinburne) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2016) 9780198779704


Title: Coherence of Theism, 2nd ed

Author: Swinburne, Richard

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2016

Paperback; ISBN: 9780198779704

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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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.

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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