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The Coherence of Theism$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198240708.001.0001

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Conditions for Coherence—2

Conditions for Coherence—2

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(p.30) 3 Conditions for Coherence—2
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The Coherence of Theism
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Richard Swinburne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198240708.003.0003

For a sentence to express a statement, it must contain meaningful words (i.e. words with semantic and syntactic criteria for their use). The only way to prove a statement to be incoherent is to show that it entails an obviously incoherent statement, and the main way to prove a statement coherent is to show that it is entailed by an obviously coherent statement. The whole process thus depends on intuitions about what else is coherent or incoherent. But there is an indirect way of showing a statement to be coherent—by showing that by normal inductive criteria there is actual evidence in favour of its truth.

Keywords:   coherence, incoherence, meaningfulness

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