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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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God’s Necessary Properties

God’s Necessary Properties

(p.247) 13 God’s Necessary Properties
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

A being who is essentially (and not merely contingently, as assumed in Part II of this book) everlasting and omnipotent is a divine being. He is a ‘person’ only in an analogical sense. He is also a Platonic ‘form’ (or a law of nature on the relations-between-universals account of laws of nature) in an analogical sense. The grounds for supposing that it is logically possible that there is a divine being are that—if it were logically possible—it would probably be true on the available evidence. But we cannot conceive (that is, comprehend) what such a being would be like. There can be more than one divine being only if any other divine beings are dependent on a first divine being. There is a sense in which God is the same as his properties.

Keywords:   Aquinas, divine, form, God, person, Plato

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