Probability and Theistic Explanation

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRobert Prevost

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The past twenty years have seen a revival of interest in the epistemic of religious belief. Two philosophers who have led the way are Basil Mitchell and Richard Swinburne. Both believe that religious belief can be justified using inductive `best explanation' arguments. However, theirsimilarity ends there. Swinburne's approach is formal, utilizing the calculus of Bayes's Theorem in assessing the weight of the evidence; Mitchell's is informal due to his recognition of judgement as central to such assessment. This book is the first full-length comparison of these two styles ofjustifying religious belief.

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The past twenty years have seen a revival of interest in the epistemic of religious belief. Two philosophers who have led the way are Basil Mitchell and Richard Swinburne. Both believe that religious belief can be justified using inductive `best explanation' arguments. However, theirsimilarity ends there. Swinburne's approach is fo...

Robert Prevost is at University of Texas.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:202 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'Prevost's presentation is an important contribution ... Prevost's prescriptions lend a sympathetic ear to the traditional explanatory testimonies that lie at the heart of all religious belief.'Frank D. Schubert, Rice University, Journal of American Academy of Religion 61,1, Spring 1993