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.
`Review from previous edition This impressive book ... deserves the serious attention of theologians ... Anyone seriously interested in philosophy of religion or systematic theology should read it.
Basil Mitchell, Journal of Theological Studies
`It is ... the best and most philosophically interesting among recent defences of theism.'
Elonore Stump, The Thomist
`He has ... set a highwater mark for inductive discussion of the existence of God.'
Richard E. Creel, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
`A first-rate contribution to philosophical theology.'
William Rowe, Philosophical Books
`Considered the most important contribution of the philosophy of religion by an author who is respected and read by whoever researches in this area in the contemporary English-speaking world, this new edition brings important improvements to the original version, issued in 1979 and revised in 1991.'
Journal of Religious Studies
1: Inductive Arguments
2: The Nature of Explanation
3: The Justification of Explanation
4: Complete Explanation
5: The Intrinsic Probability of Theism
6: The Explanatory Power of Theism: General Considerations
7: The Cosmological Argument
8: Teleological Arguments
9: Arguments from Consciousness and Morality
10: The Argument from Providence
11: The Problem of Evil
12: Arguments from History and Miracles
13: The Argument from Religious Experience
14: The Balance of Probability
Additional Note 1: The Trinity
Additional Note 2: Recent Arguments to Design from Biology
Additional Note 3: Plantinga's Argument Against Evolutionary Naturalism
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised