Divine Self-Limitation in Swinburne's Doctrine of Omniscience

Religious Studies 29 (1):21-26 (1993)
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Abstract

In his book, The Coherence of Theism, Richard Swinburne seeks to construct a coherent doctrine of God. As a part of this endeavour he examines the idea of omniscience in chapter 10. One of Swinburne's conclusions is that God as an omniscient being must engage in cognitive self- limitation in order to preserve the freedom of both divine and human future actions. In this paper, I want to look at his argument as it is presented in this chapter. I will conclude that Swinburne's position on divine cognitive self- limitation results in an internal contradiction.

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