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HOW THE EXISTENCE OF GOD EXPLAINS THE EXISTENCE OF HUMANS

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/9780198235446.003.0006
 HOW THE EXISTENCE OF GOD EXPLAINS THE EXISTENCE OF HUMANS

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Each human being consists of two parts: an immaterial soul (the essential part) and a body. Souls have mental properties (sensations, thoughts, purposes, etc.) while bodies have physical properties (mass, volume, etc.). It is most improbable that there is a scientific explanation (e.g., a Darwinian explanation) of the evolution of souls. But since it is probable that God brings about humans, it is probable that he brings about their essential parts — souls.

Keywords: Darwinism; mental properties; souls

Chapter.  8253 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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