Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason

Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason

by J. L. Schellenberg, Zainam Bahrani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801473462

ISBN-13: 9780801473463

Pub. Date: 11/01/2006

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In this clearly written and tightly argued book, J. L. Schellenberg addresses a fundamental yet neglected religious problem. If there is a God, he asks, why is his existence not more obvious? Traditionally, theists have claimed that God is hidden in order to account for the fact that the evidence of his existence is as weak as it is. Schellenberg maintains that, given…  See more details below

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In this clearly written and tightly argued book, J. L. Schellenberg addresses a fundamental yet neglected religious problem. If there is a God, he asks, why is his existence not more obvious? Traditionally, theists have claimed that God is hidden in order to account for the fact that the evidence of his existence is as weak as it is. Schellenberg maintains that, given the understanding of God's moral character to which theists are committed, this claim runs into serious difficulty. There are grounds, the author writes, for thinking that the perfectly loving God of theism would not be hidden, that such a God would put the fact of his existence beyond reasonable nonbelief. Since reasonable nonbelief occurs, Schellenberg argues, it follows that there is here an argument of considerable force for atheism. In developing his claim, Schellenberg carefully examines the relevant views of such theists as Pascal, Butler, Kierkegaard, Hick, and others. He clarifies their suggestions concerning Divine hiddenness and shows how they fall short of providing a rebuttal for the argument he presents. That argument, he concludes, poses a serious challenge to theism, to which contemporary theists must seek to respond. The first full-length treatment of its topic, Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason will be of interest to anyone who has sought to reach a conclusion as to God's existence, and especially to theologians and philosophers of religion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801473463
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Series:
Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,089,237
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Framing the Argument
1Some Epistemic Implications of Divine Love17
2Is a Strong Epistemic Situation in Relation to Theism Possible?44
3The Reasonableness of Nonbelief58
4A Summation of the Case83
Pt. 2The Force of the Argument
5Moral Freedom and Its Requirements95
6The Importance of Inwardness131
7Investigation, Diversity, and Responsibility168
Conclusion208
Index215

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