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The Existence of God$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.001.0001

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The Cosmological Argument

The Cosmological Argument

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(p.133) 7 The Cosmological Argument
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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/acprof:oso/9780199271672.003.0008

The cosmological argument is the argument to God from the existence of a complex physical universe. God can create such a universe (by keeping it in existence as long as it exists — whether for a finite or infinite time) and has good reason to do so because it is necessary for the existence of humanly free persons. But it is a far less simple beginning of things than is God, and so a priori not to be expected but for the action of God.

Keywords:   complex physical universe, finite, infinite, Leibniz

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