Was Jesus God?

Was Jesus God?


By (author) Richard Swinburne


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 186 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199580448
  • ISBN 13: 9780199580446
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 224,387

Product description

The orderliness of the universe and the existence of human beings already provides some reason for believing that there is a God - as argued in Richard Swinburne's earlier book Is There a God ? Swinburne now claims that it is probable that the main Christian doctrines about the nature of God and his actions in the world are true. In virtue of his omnipotence and perfect goodness, God must be a Trinity, live a human life in order to share our suffering, and found a church which would enable him to tell all humans about this. It is also quite probable that he would provide his human life as an atonement for our wrongdoing, teach us how we should live and tell us his plans for our future after death. Among founders of religions, Jesus satisfies uniquely well the requirement of living the sort of human life which God would need to have lived. But to give us adequate reason to believe that Jesus was God, God would need to put his 'signature' on the life of Jesus by an act which he alone could do, for example raise him from the dead. There is adequate historical evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. The church which he founded gave plausible interpretations of his basic message. Therefore Christian doctrines are probably true.

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Author information

Richard Swinburne was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Keele; Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford, and Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of many books on the nature and justification of religious belief, and on other areas of philosophy including the philosophy of mind and epistemology.

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Review from previous edition Richard Swinburne, the former Nolloth Professor at Oxford, adroitly marshals the evidences of natural theology to affirm the cogency of the Christian faith... Was Jesus God? is an entertaining, bracing, compelling book and welcome proof that not all of our academics have turned their backs on what Hopkins once called 'the fine delight that fathers thought. Edward Short, Inside Catholic

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART 1 GOD LOVES US ; 1. God ; 2. God is Love ; 3. God shared our human nature ; 4. God atoned for our wrongdoing ; 5. God taught us how to live ; 6. God offers us Heaven ; PART 2 GOD SHOWS US THAT HE LOVES US ; 7. The Life and Teaching of Jesus ; 8. The Resurrection of Jesus ; 9. Provisional Conclusion ; 10. The Church ; 11. The Bible ; 12. Final Conclusion ; Index