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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212460.001.0001

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The Four Tests for a Revelation

The Four Tests for a Revelation

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(p.107) 6 The Four Tests for a Revelation
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Revelation
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212460.003.0007

There are four tests for whether a purported propositional revelation does indeed come from God: that its content is plausible (that not intrinsically improbable); confirmed by miracle; interpreted in a plausible way by a church founded by the prophet who originally delivered the revelation; and that the interpretation is plausibly true. A miracle is a violation of a law of nature, which God alone can bring about. Christianity (unlike Judaism, Islam, and Eastern religions) is a serious candidate for having a revelation authenticated by a miracle — the Resurrection of Jesus.

Keywords:   Christianity, church, Islam, Judaism, miracle, Resurrection

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