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The Resurrection of God Incarnate 1st Edition

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"In the book, Swinburne covers, with his usual sagacity and common sense, ground that has been covered by other apologists for the resurrection of Jesus...but Swinburne brings new insights and even topics to bear on the debate as well....overall a successful argument."--Philosophia Christi


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Richard Swinburne is formerly Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford.
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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; 1 edition (February 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199257469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199257461
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Swinburne is a British philosopher. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and was Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at Oxford University from 1985 until 2002.His latest book Mind. Brain and Free Will argues that humans consist of two parts, body and soul, and that humans have free will. 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 Existence of God (2nd edition, 2004)claims that arguments from the existence of laws of nature, those laws as being such as to lead to the evolution of human bodies, and humans being conscious, make it probable that there is a God. He has written four books on the meaning and justification of central Christian doctrines (including Providence and the Problem of Evil); 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. Is there a God? and Was Jesus God? are short books summarizing the arguments of the longer books. 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). He lives in Oxford, and lectures frequently in many different countries.

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This book offers what you would expect from one of the foremost defenders of natural theology. Richard Swinburne, retired chair of Oxford's philosophy department, assesses the plausibility of Christianity's claim that the Incarnate Son of God was Resurrected. He proceeds by using the methods of confirmation theory, which takes objective probability measures of various claims and then measures competing hypothesis to explain the data. For this reason, Swinburne's approach is significantly different from the approach given by other Christian scholars to defend the Resurrection. Rather than merely focusing on evidence, Swinburne also considers the prior probability of various hypotheses. After taking stock of the prior probability of the Resurrection and weighing the strength of the historical data, Swinburne employs the methods of scientific confirmation to affirm the Resurrection.

I think it is fair to warn readers that much of this book assumes the success of Swinburne's previous works, especially _The Existence of God_. This is not a weakness in the book (this sort of thing is fairly normal in philosophy), but it may leave some readers put-off because some parts of Swinburne's background information is not contained in this book.

I was somewhat disappointed that Swinburne did not give more attention to the nature of eyewitness testimony because so much of the literature on this subject has revolved around important debates about eyewitness testimony for miraculous events. For example, John Earman's book, _Hume's Abject Failure_, provides a formal rendering of the epistemic effects of eyewitness testimony, and I expected Swinburne to have some formal discussion on this matter.
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Who knew there were still brilliant, articulate, theologins in jolly old England? I suppose all professional philosophers and theologins know the works of Richard Swinburne, but since I am an amature apologist, I was not one of them. As I read various books on the historical proofs of the life of Jesus Christ from various authors, I kept noticing that everyone used Swinburne as a reference, so I decided to buy his book on the Incarnation of God on earth to see what it was all about. Swinburne is brilliant, and this book is a testament to his clear thinking, extensive research, and ability to articulate to the novice and experienced theologin alike the extensive evidence concerning the life and resurrection of Christ. Swinburn lays out the historical evidence in a manner that would be acceptable by any prosecuting attorney trying to prove the case, and the case is proven. I am so thankful that he wrote this book, and that I happened to stuble onto it. I think I bought a used copy, but I will keep it as a key piece of my arsenal as an apologist concering the historical proof of the Incarnate God. I recommend this book to the religious, or the skeptic. Also, to the novice or the advanced student of theology.
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Richard Swinburne is one of the world's foremost Christian philosophers and in "The Resurrection of God Incarnate" he seeks to answer the question of the resurrection of Jesus from the perspective of probability.

That's what is said, but the huge majority of the book reads as history. This is not a problem of course, but it does seem to affect the whole of the argument. It becomes just taking the historical data and then adding math. This is fine in some cases, but most readers will probably not be convinced. After all, few think in such terms and want just the historical data.

Swinburne's case starts off with one for theism that will result in a concept of God compatible with natural theology. I have no problem with that. I think the arguments of natural theology do work and that that certainly means that there is a deity of some sort. When looking at the mathematics for the likelihood of the resurrection, this definitely would change any outworkings of the system.

Swinburne does say that most of the statements he's reaching would not likely be reached prior and this is an important admission. It is highly doubtful that by pure reason alone, anyone could make a case for Christianity, but Swinburne's approach comes after the fact to show that the way that Jesus behaved and acted is entirely compatible with natural theology.

Swinburne makes the case that if there is a God, He will want to reveal to us the way that we are to live and will do so to fulfill His obligations to us. Now at this point, I do have a problem as I don't think God has any obligations to us until He makes a promise and even then, the obligation is more to His own nature. He cannot deny Himself.
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I just read Professor Swinburne's book on the Resurrection. For the most part it is a really good book. In fact I would give it ****1/2 (out of ******), but I don't seem to have that option. It's not as good as N.T. Wright's book on the subject, which is an absolutely wonderful (but long) book. Swineburne's much shorter book makes a very compelling case for traditional view of the Resurrection of Jesus from a philosophical and historical point of view. The philosophical view was really interesting because I have not seen anyone do that before. There were a few times I was skeptical of his conclusions but for the most part I thought his conclusions were really well argued. He also defended the belief in the Incarnation from a philosophical viewpoint, which I have not seen done before either. I highly recommend the book. This is also the first time I've ever read anything by Swinburne. I hope to read more his work in the future.
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