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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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Arguments from Consciousness and Morality

Arguments from Consciousness and Morality

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(p.152) 9 Arguments from Consciousness and Morality
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The Existence of God
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198239637.003.0010

Humans are conscious beings – they have mental events – sensations, thoughts, and intentions. Science might one day produce a list of correlations between mental and brain events, but it is immensely improbable that science would ever be able to explain why a particular mental event was correlated with a particular brain event, or with any event at all. Theism can explain this in terms of God choosing to being about certain kinds of mental life. By contrast, moral truths being in essence necessary truths, have no possible grounds for a good argument to God.

Keywords:   brain event, consciousness, God, mental event, mental life, mind, moral argument, theism

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