The atheistic argument from the hiddenness of God

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Abstract

The argument from divine hiddenness has become the second most important philosophical argument raised against the existence of God (the first one being the problem of evil). According to J.L. Schellenberg (b. 1959), God does not exist because non-resistant non-belief exists. In other words, there are forms of non-belief that are not the result of people resisting a relationship with God. For instance, some people honestly seek God but feel that they cannot find him or good evidence of him. Schellenberg claims that a perfectly loving God would always be open to enter into a relationship with non-resistant individuals. The article explains the argument and some common suggestions why God may hide from some people.
Translated title of the contributionThe atheistic argument from the hiddenness of God
Original languageFinnish
JournalTeologinen Aikakauskirja
Volume122
Issue number5-6
Pages (from-to)428-439
Number of pages12
ISSN0040-3555
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • 611 Philosophy
  • 6162 Cognitive science

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Ateistinen argumentti kätkeytyvästä Jumalasta. / Launonen, Lari Tapani.

In: Teologinen Aikakauskirja, Vol. 122, No. 5-6, 2017, p. 428-439.

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