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HOW THE EXISTENCE OF GOD EXPLAINS THE WORLD AND ITS ORDER

Richard Swinburne

in Is There a God?

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198235446
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191705618 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235446.003.0005
 HOW THE EXISTENCE OF GOD EXPLAINS THE WORLD AND ITS ORDER

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The Universe is governed by very simple laws of nature which exist (together with the boundary conditions of the universe) to produce humans. God may be expected to produce a universe like this because of the goodness of humans; but it is immensely unlikely that mere chance would produce such a universe. Although Darwinian evolution is part of the explanation of the existence of humans, its own operation requires explanation, ultimately provided by God.

Keywords: Darwinism; humans; laws of nature; simplicity; universe

Chapter.  6833 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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