The Coherence of Theism (Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy)

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God is often defined as a spirit who is present everywhere, knows everything, is able to do anything, is the creator of the world, is perfectly free, perfectly good, eternal, immutable, one whose commands impose obligations on individuals, and who is in some sense a necessary being. In The Coherence of Theism, the first volume in a highly acclaimed trilogy on the philosophy of religion, Richard Swinburne examines what it means, and whether it is coherent philosophically, to say that there is such a being. He concludes that, despite philosophical objections, many of the claims about God made by religious believers are in fact coherent. In addition, he discusses claims that do not cohere and demonstrates that some important claims cohere only if the words by which they are expressed are stretched or used analogously.

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Richard Swinburne is Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford.

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`This volume, together with the author's "The Existence of God" ... and "Faith and Reason" ... are, in my opinion, the most impressive philosophical defence of traditional theism that has been offered in our generation. The author combines professional skill and scholarship worthy of the highest admiration with a facility for clear expression which makes what he has to say intelligible to any thoughtful reader.' Expository Times

`I know of no defence against contemporary philosophical criticism, that can compare with this one in quality of argumentation or clarity of thought.' Terence Penelhum, Journal of Philosophy

`The trilogy ... is, beyond all doubt, one of the most, if not the most, impressive single achievement in the philosophy of religion during the past decade.' W. D. Hudson, Religious Studies

'Richard Swinburne's revised edition is indeed a pleasure ... The revisions are not extensive, but make significant corrections to his treatment especially of omniscience, and of the unicity of God. It is also good to see that Clarendon Press have produced a relatively cheap paperback, for which students will certainly be grateful.' Gerard J. Hughes, Heythrop College, Heythrop Journal

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