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The Coherence of TheismSecond Edition$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779698.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

The chapter provides a rough definition of ‘theism’, and analyses the notions of declarative sentence, proposition, and coherence. It then describes the structure of the book. Part I considers general questions about how theological language works. Part II considers the various properties that God is supposed to have, such as being omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal; and claims that, on plausible analyses of them by ordinary words used in ordinary senses, it is coherent to suppose that God has these properties. Part III considers the claim that God has these properties ‘necessarily’, and that he exists ‘necessarily’; and claims that these claims can be coherent only if words are used in analogical senses.

Keywords:   theism, coherence, declarative sentence, proposition, anology

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