A Necessary Being

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240709
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598586 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

A Necessary Being

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God, the being picked out by the divine properties listed in Part 2, is a being who has these properties—essentially, i.e. of a posterior necessity. A being who cannot cease to exist and must retain his power and knowledge can only be a ‘person’ in an analogical sense. The existence of God is not logically or a posteriori necessary. His necessity is simply his causal ultimacy, his being the ultimate brute fact on which all else depends.

Keywords: analogy; causal ultimacy; God; necessity; person

Chapter.  11873 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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