Richard Swinburne, the existence of God, and principle P

Sophia 48 (4):393-398 (2009)
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Swinburne relies on principle P in The Existence of God to argue that God is simple and thus likely to exist. In this paper, I argue that Swinburne does not support P. In particular, his arguments from mathematical simplicity and scientists’ preferences both fail. Given the central role P plays in Swinburne’s overall argument in The Existence of God , I conclude that Swinburne should further support P if his argument that God likely exists is to be persuasive.



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Epistemic Justification.Richard Swinburne - 2001 - Oxford University Press.
The Existence of God.Richard Swinburne - 2004 - Oxford University Press.
Simplicity as Evidence of Truth.Richard Swinburne - 1997 - Milwaukee: Marquette University Press.
Swinburne's Explanation of the Universe. [REVIEW]Quentin Smith - 1998 - Religious Studies 34 (1):91-102.

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