The Coherence of Theism

This book investigates what it means, and whether it is coherent, to say that there is a God The author concludes that, despite philosophical objections, the claims which religious believers make about God are generally coherent and that although some important claims are coherent only if the words by which they are expressed are being used in stretched or analogical senThis book investigates what it means, and whether it is coherent, to say that there is a God The author concludes that, despite philosophical objections, the claims which religious believers make about God are generally coherent and that although some important claims are coherent only if the words by which they are expressed are being used in stretched or analogical senses, this is in fact the way in which theologians have usually claimed they are being used This revised edition includes various minor corrections and clarifications.
The Coherence of Theism This book investigates what it means and whether it is coherent to say that there is a God The author concludes that despite philosophical objections the claims which religious believers make abou

  • Title: The Coherence of Theism
  • Author: Richard Swinburne
  • ISBN: 9780198240709
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Coherence of Theism”

    1. This is THE quintessential work in the philosophy of religion. I think this is where all philosophy, metaphysics and theology should begin.

    2. Very mixed feelings about this one. I've heard about Swinburne for years as one of the premier philosophers of religion. As a result, I guess I should've had more realistic expectations when approaching this book: namely, that it would be more dry and difficult (but not dull) to get through than I first anticipated. After all, this is not written as a popular, layperson's text so much as a contribution to the body of philosophical work read primarily by other people who've devoted their lives to [...]

    3. Christian theism is, at least in part, a set of statements or propositions believers take to be true. The study of the coherence of Christian theism is the consideration of the coherence of that set of statements. It is not a study of whether or not those statements are true but whether or not if there is any explicit or implicit contradiction within or implied by that set of propositions. Swinburne argues that there is a set of propositions that are internally consistent and lays out what they [...]

    4. I must admit that I didn't finish this- when buying it I had rather misanticipated what it is about; it is a thorough study of the coherence (in the technical philosophical sense of the term) of the language of Theism. As such it is as thorough, rigorous and lucid as you would expect from Swinburne, but it isn't the book I wanted to read.

    5. Excellently written if not a bit difficult to digest. Definitely one to read more than once in order to understand it fully you aren't extremely experienced in philosophy.This is Swinburne's first book in a trilogy on theism and it lays out various reasons why it is coherent to say that God exists and why it is coherent to make statements about God.

    6. Seems solid. A lot of it was hard to digest. Some was interesting. Some points were about things I'd never thought about, but were obviously real philosophic issues because he brought up the primary sources of whoever proposed the opposite view.

    7. Advanced: the first of three work collection. Swinburne discusses the concept of God and its logical coherence. While I never quite agree with everything he says, I absolutely love his method and thinking.

    8. One of the most painful things I have endured. Swinburne's analytic philosophy leaves me absolutely cold and caring not a whit about his argument but praying fervently for God to be revealed.

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