The Argument from Providence

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 Argument from Providence

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It is good that there should be a world in which agents have the opportunity to help themselves and each other to grow in power and knowledge, and in other ways to benefit or harm each other. In order to prevent too much harm happening too soon, it is good that humans should be subject to deter to bad action. Our world is in this way providential, and that provides a further argument for God: if there is a God, we have reason to expect all this, but otherwise not. Death is not such an evil, but merely the end of a good state.

Keywords: death; evil; Providence

Chapter.  9394 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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