Chapter

The Explanatory Power of Theism: General Considerations

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239637.003.0007

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 The Explanatory Power of Theism: General Considerations

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Evidence e renders a hypothesis be more probable insofar as both the prior probability of b is high and its explanatory power (that is the probability of the evidence given the hypothesis divided by the prior probability of the evidence) is high. Different e increases the probability of the hypothesis of theism beyond its prior probability because it is quite probable that there would be that evidence if there is a God, and quite improbable if there is no God. There cannot be a best of all possible worlds.

Keywords: best of all possible worlds; explanatory power; evidence; God; hypothesis; probability; theism

Chapter.  4313 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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