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Does God’s Existence Need Proof?

Richard Messer


The possibility of proving the existence of God has fascinated thinkers and believers throughout the centuries. For those like Richard Swinburne, such a project is both worthwhile and successful. For others, like D. Z. Phillips, it is wholly inappropriate. Most critics have simply taken sides at this point; but this book argues a way forward, showing that the disparity between Swinburne and Phillips goes deeper — questioning the fundamental nature of God, the meaning of religious language, and the proper task of philosophy. The author of this book argues that behind each thinker's work, and th ... More

Keywords: existence of God, Richard Swinburne, D. Z. Phillips, religious language, philosophy, fundamental trust, relativism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269717
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Messer, author
Reading University