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Is God’s Existence Probable?

DAVID J. BARTHOLOMEW

in Uncertain Belief

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270140
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683923 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270140.003.0006
Is God’s Existence Probable?

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The chapter concentrates on whether the world owes its existence to a fundamental reality or not. Another aspect that needs to be studied is how people recognize God, God's purpose, and their part in the greater scheme of things. The chapter addresses these issues through using different approaches. The first concerns expressing the argument in terms of probabilities and concentrates on a rational assessment regarding the belief in God. The second approach focuses on the fundamental question — what is the probability that God exists? In conclusion, there is no definite answer to the fundamental question; the only way to arrive at a probability would be to assign a prior probability to the proposition; this explains how claims that have concluded the probability of God cannot be justified.

Keywords: God; reality; belief; probability; prior probability; God's existence

Chapter.  14457 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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