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  • Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, Volume 68
  • July 2011, pp. 3-24

God as the Simplest Explanation of the Universe1

  • Richard Swinburne (a1)
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  • Published online: 20 June 2011

I have argued over many years that theism provides a probably true explanation of the existence and most general features of the universe. A major reason for this, I have claimed, is that it is simpler than other explanations. The present paper seeks to amplify and defend this latter claim in the light of some recent challenges.

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D. M. Armstrong , What is a Law of Nature? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983)

Michael Tooley , ‘The nature of laws’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 7 (1977), 667–98

F. I. Dretske , ‘Laws of Nature’, Philosophy of Science 44 (1977), 248–68

R. Fox , Time and Eternity in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.)

Brian Leftow , ‘Divine Simplicity’, Faith and Philosophy 23 (2006), 365380

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