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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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An Omnipresent Spirit

An Omnipresent Spirit

(p.99) 7 An Omnipresent Spirit
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

God is supposed to be a person without a body, present everywhere.A person is a being with sophisticated mental properties. The identity of a person over time is unanalysable (it does not depend on physical or psychological continuity). God has no body because he is not tied down to acting or acquiring knowledge through a body. Being omnipresent, he knows what is happening and acts everywhere, without depending on some intermediate process for the efficacy of his actions or the truth of his beliefs.

Keywords:   body, God, omnipresence, person, personal identity

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