The Intrinsic Probability of Theism

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Intrinsic Probability of Theism

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The major factor determining the probability of a hypothesis is its simplicity. The hypothesis of theism is a very simple hypothesis. It postulates one personal being, God, essentially omnipotent, omniscient, perfectly free, and eternal. Having powers, beliefs, and intentions are essential for being a person at all; theism postulates a person of such a kind that there are no limits to his powers, beliefs, and choice of intention, and his temporal existence except those of logic. God's perfect goodness follows from the other properties.

Keywords: eternal; God; omnipotence; omniscience; person; perfect freedom; perfect goodness; simplicity; theism

Chapter.  7709 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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