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The Appropriateness of the Proofs

Richard Messer

in Does God’s Existence Need Proof?

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269717
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269717.003.0007
The Appropriateness of the Proofs

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This chapter evaluates the appropriateness of the Proofs of God based on the analysis of the differing views of Richard Swinburne and D.Z. Phillips. It argues that the replies of Swinburne and Phillips to the fact of relativity are inadequate and shows that the principles underlying their philosophies of religion reveal a situation of disparate fundamental trust. It concludes that because of this disparity there is no possible resolution over the appropriateness of the Proofs, and that one is limited to the positions of Swinburne and Phillips.

Keywords: Proofs of God; Richard Swinburne; D. Z. Phillips; relativity; philosophy of religion; trust

Chapter.  10955 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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