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The Existence of God$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239637.001.0001

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The Argument from Religious Experience

The Argument from Religious Experience

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(p.244) 13 The Argument from Religious Experience
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The Existence of God
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198239637.003.0014

Large numbers of people have religious experiences in the sense of experiences that seem to them to be experiences of God. It is a basic epistemological principle. The principle of credulity, that – in absence of counter‐evidence – we should believe that things are as they seem to be, the only kind of counter‐evidence which would tend to show a religious experience not to be veridical would be any evidence tending to show that there is no God. In the absence of any such evidence, any religious experience is evidence of the existence of God.

Keywords:   credulity, God, principle of credulity, religious experience

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