Divine Hiddenness and Inculpable Ignorance

In Kevin Timpe (ed.), Arguing About Religion. Routledge. pp. 295-316 (2009)

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Rob Lovering
College of Staten Island (CUNY)
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J. L. Schellenberg claims that the weakness of evidence for God’s existence is not merely a sign that God is hidden, “it is a revelation that God does not exist.” In Divine Hiddenness: New Essays, Michael J. Murray provides a “soul-making” defense of God’s hiddenness, arguing that if God were not hidden, then some of us would lose what many theists deem a (very) good thing: the ability to develop morally significant characters. In this paper, I argue that Murray’s soul-making defense not only fails to defend God’s hiddenness, it produces (ironically) an argument for the nonexistence of God.
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