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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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An Omnipresent Spirit

An Omnipresent Spirit

(p.103) 7 An Omnipresent Spirit
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

God is supposed to be a spirit—that is, a person without a body, present everywhere. A person is a being with sophisticated mental properties. The identity of a person over time is not analysable in terms of physical or psychological continuity. Even if we were not able to distinguish between spirits by the different effects of their actions, two spirits could still be different; each could have a different ‘thisness’. An omnipresent person knows what is happening everywhere and can act everywhere, without depending on a body for the efficacy of his actions or the truth of his beliefs. It is logically possible that there is such a person.

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

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