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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.175) 10 Omniscient
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

There could be an omniscient person who knows all true propositions, including those containing indexicals. But if there was such a person, neither he himself nor any human would have free will in the libertarian sense. God’s omniscience must be understood as knowledge of all true propositions apart from those about the future; omnipotence entails omniscience in this weak sense. Appendix to Chapter 10—Several biblical passages imply that God does not foreknow his own or human free actions; but the vast majority of Christian theologians (although not all) and some doctrinal definitions assume that he does foreknow such actions.

Keywords:   free will, God, indexicals, omniscience, omnipotence

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