Richard Swinburne


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Richard Swinburne is a Fellow of the British Academy. He was Nolloth
 Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at the University of 
Oxford from 1985 until 
2002. He is best known for his 
trilogy on the philosophy of theism (The Coherence of Theism, The Existence of God, and Faith and Reason). The central book of this 
trilogy, The Existence of God (2nd edition, 2004, Oxford University Press), 
claims that 
from the existence of (1) laws of nature, (2) those laws being such as to lead 
to the evolution of human bodies, and (3) humans being conscious, make it probable that there is a God. He has
 written a tetralogy on the meaning and justification of central
 Christian doctrines (including Providence and the Problem of Evil, Oxford 
University Press, 1998). He has written at various lengths on many of the other major
 issues of
 philosophy (including epistemology, the study of what makes a belief
 rational or 
justified, in his book Epistemic Justification); and he has applied his 
views about what is made probable by what evidence to the
 evidence about the Resurrection of Jesus in The Resurrection of God 
Incarnate. He is also well known for his defense of 
‘substance dualism’ (the view that humans consist of two parts–soul and body), especially in his book The Evolution 
of the Soul. His new book Mind, Brain, and Free Will (to be published early in 2013) claims that substance dualism has the consequence that humans have free will to choose between good and evil. It argues that neuroscience cannot now and could not ever show this claim to be false.

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