Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Terminology Tuesday: Cumulative Case Arguments

Cumulative Case Arguments: Arguments for the existence of God (or some other complex claim) that do not consist of a single decisive argument but rather try to show that God's existence makes more sense than any alternative hypothesis in light of all the available evidence. Richard Swinburne, for example, presented a large number of arguments, none of which has decisive force. But since each argument has some evidential force, the cumulative case is alleged to make the existence of God probable.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 30.


Anonymous said...

Ah Swinburne. I never know whether I like the way he does apologetics or hate it.

I really like the use of cumulative case arguments in such works as the Blackwell Companion for Natural Theology (specifically the argument from religious experience).

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