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J. L. Schellenberg
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  1. The Hiddenness Argument: Philosophy's New Challenge to Belief in God.J. L. Schellenberg - 2015 - Oxford University Press UK.
    In many places and times, and for many people, God's existence has been rather less than a clear fact. According to the hiddenness argument, this is actually a reason to suppose that it is not a fact at all. The hiddenness argument is a new argument for atheism that has come to prominence in philosophy over the past two decades. J. L. Schellenberg first developed the argument in 1993, and this book offers a short and vigorous statement of its central (...)
     
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  2. Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason.J. L. Schellenberg - 1993 - Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
    In Part 1 of this book, the first full-length treatment of its topic, J. L. Schellenberg argues that when we notice how.
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    The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism.J. L. Schellenberg - 2007 - Cornell University Press.
    The Wisdom to Doubt is a major contribution to the contemporary literature on the epistemology of religious belief.
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    Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion.J. L. Schellenberg - 2005 - Cornell University Press.
    Providing an original and systematic treatment of foundational issues in philosophy of religion, J. L. Schellenberg's new book addresses the structure of..
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    The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion.J. L. Schellenberg - 2009 - Cornell University Press.
    Ultimism and the aims of human immaturity -- Faith without details, or how to practice skeptical religion -- Simple faith and the complexities of tradition -- The structure of faith justification -- How skeptical faith is true to reason -- Anselm's idea -- Leibniz's ambition -- Paley's wonder -- Pascal's wager -- Kant's postulate -- James's will -- Faith is positively justified : the many modes of religious vision.
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  6. The Hiddenness Argument Revisited.J. L. Schellenberg - 2005 - Religious Studies 41 (2):201-215.
    More than a few philosophers have sought to answer the atheistic argument from reasonable non-belief presented in my 1993 book Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason. In this first of two essays in response, I focus on objections sharing the defect – sometimes well-hidden – of irrelevance, using their shortcomings to highlight important features of the argument that are commonly overlooked.
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    Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason.Stephen Maitzen & J. L. Schellenberg - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (1):153.
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    Evolutionary Religion.J. L. Schellenberg - 2013 - Oxford University Press.
    Prologue: Deep Time Religion -- Half a Revolution -- First Among Unequals? -- Evolutionary Skepticism -- The New Pessimism -- The New Optimism 6. Imagination is Key -- The "Chief Objections" -- Religion for Pioneers -- Epilogue: Darwin's Door and Hegel's Hinge.
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  9. The Hiddenness Argument Revisited.J. L. Schellenberg - 2005 - Religious Studies 41 (3):287-303.
    In this second of two essays responding to critical discussion of my " Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason," I show how an ' accommodationist ' strategy can be used to defuse objections that were not exposed as irrelevant by the first essay. This strategy involves showing that the dominant concern of reasons for divine withdrawal can be met or accommodated within the framework of divine - human relationship envisaged by the hiddenness argument. I conclude that critical discussion leaves the argument (...)
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    On Not Unnecessarily Darkening the Glass: A Reply to Poston and Dougherty.J. L. Schellenberg - 2007 - Religious Studies 43 (2):199.
    I argue that Poston and Dougherty are mistaken in supposing that the hiddenness argument contains ambiguities about the nature of belief. And the attempt to extract from their mistaken account some reasons for favouring a broad, disjunctive view of divine -- creature relationship that will be convincing for individuals not in the grip of theological assumptions comes up dry.
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  11. The Hiddenness Problem and the Problem of Evil.J. L. Schellenberg - 2010 - Faith and Philosophy 27 (1):45-60.
    The problem of Divine hiddenness, or the hiddenness problem, is more and more commonly being treated as independent of the problem of evil, and as rivalling the latter in significance. Are we in error if we acquiesce in these tendencies? Only a careful investigation into relations between the hiddenness problem and the problem of evil can help us see. Such an investigation is undertaken here. What we will find is that when certain knots threatening to hamper intellectual movement are unravelled, (...)
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  12. God for All Time: From Theism to Ultimism.J. L. Schellenberg - forthcoming - In Andrei Buckareff Yujin Nagasawa (ed.), Alternative Conceptions of God. Oxford University Press.
  13. How to Make Faith a Virtue.J. L. Schellenberg - 2014 - In Timothy O'Connor Laura Goins (ed.), Religious Faith and Intellectual Virtue. Oxford University Press.
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    On Reasonable Nonbelief and Perfect Love: Replies to Henry and Lehe.J. L. Schellenberg - 2005 - Faith and Philosophy 22 (3):330-342.
    Some Christian philosophers wonder whether a God really would oppose reasonable nonbelief. Others think the answer to the problem of reasonable nonbelief is that there isn’t any. Between them, Douglas V. Henry and Robert T. Lehe cover all of this ground in their recent responses to my work on Divine hiddenness. Here I give my answers to their arguments.
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  15. Divine Hiddenness.J. L. Schellenberg - 2010 - In Paul Draper & Charles Talliaferro (eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    On Reasonable Nonbelief and Perfect Love.J. L. Schellenberg - 2005 - Faith and Philosophy 22 (3):330-342.
    Some Christian philosophers wonder whether a God really would oppose reasonable nonbelief. Others think the answer to the problem of reasonable nonbelief is that there isn’t any. Between them, Douglas V. Henry and Robert T. Lehe cover all of this ground in their recent responses to my work on Divine hiddenness. Here I give my answers to their arguments.
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  17. Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason.J. L. Schellenberg - 1996 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 40 (2):121-124.
     
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    Response to Tucker on Hiddenness: J. L. SCHELLENBERG.J. L. Schellenberg - 2008 - Religious Studies 44 (3):289-293.
    Chris Tucker's paper on the hiddenness argument seeks to turn aside a way of defending the latter which he calls the value argument. But the value argument can withstand Tucker's criticisms. In any case, an alternative argument capable of doing the same job is suggested by his own emphasis on free will.
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    Divine Hiddenness: Part 1.J. L. Schellenberg - 2017 - Philosophy Compass 12 (4):e12355.
    Only 6 years have passed since I last published a critical survey article on the divine hiddenness discussion. But more than 60 papers and books dealing with hiddenness themes have been published in that time. Not all can be addressed here. Moreover, to enable a reasonable treatment of those that will make an appearance, I shall break the present survey into two parts. I begin in this piece with recent work—including my own—on the argument descended from Schellenberg (), which started (...)
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    Divine Hiddenness: Part 2.J. L. Schellenberg - 2017 - Philosophy Compass 12 (4):e12413.
    Offered here is Part 2 of a two-part critical survey of recent work in philosophy on divine hiddenness. Part 1 surveyed recent development of the discussion initiated by my 1993 book on the subject. Here, I examine some related work that expands the scope of the hiddenness discussion. Some of the enlargements take further the discussion of Stephen Maitzen's work on the demographics of theism. Others introduce new hiddenness problems and ways of dealing with them. A third category of new (...)
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    Response to Howard-Snyder.J. L. Schellenberg - 1996 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 26 (3):455 - 462.
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    How to Be an Atheist and a Sceptic Too: Response to Mccreary.J. L. Schellenberg - 2010 - Religious Studies 46 (2):227-232.
    Mark McCreary has argued that I cannot consistently advance both the hiddenness argument and certain arguments for religious scepticism found in my book The Wisdom to Doubt (WD). This reaction was expected, and in WD I explained its shortsightedness in that context. First, I noted how in Part III of WD, where theism is addressed, my principal aim is not to prove atheism but to show theists that they are not immune from the scepticism defended in Parts I and II. (...)
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    Contents.J. L. Schellenberg - 2009 - In The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion. Cornell University Press.
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    How to Be an Atheist and a Sceptic Too: Response to McCreary: J. L. SCHELLENBERG.J. L. Schellenberg - 2010 - Religious Studies 46 (2):227-232.
    Mark McCreary has argued that I cannot consistently advance both the hiddenness argument and certain arguments for religious scepticism found in my book The Wisdom to Doubt . This reaction was expected, and in WD I explained its shortsightedness in that context. First, I noted how in Part III of WD , where theism is addressed, my principal aim is not to prove atheism but to show theists that they are not immune from the scepticism defended in Parts I and (...)
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  25. Skeptical Theism and Skeptical Atheism.J. L. Schellenberg - forthcoming - In Justin McBrayer Trent Dougherty (ed.), Skeptical Theism: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
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    My Stance in Philosophy of Religion.J. L. Schellenberg - 2013 - Religious Studies 49 (2):143-150.
  27. Philosophy of Religion: A State of the Subject Report.J. L. Schellenberg - 2009 - Toronto Journal of Theology 25 (1):95-110.
     
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    In Praise of Austerity: A Reply to Forrest.J. L. Schellenberg - 2013 - Sophia 52 (4):695-700.
    This is an invited response to Peter Forrest’s review of my trilogy on the philosophy of religion, which appeared in a previous issue of this journal.
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    A Reply to Wykstra.J. L. Schellenberg - 2011 - Philo 14 (1):101-107.
    Wykstra’s paper defends two objections to my reasoning in The Wisdom to Doubt. One says that we in fact do take evidence to be representative of all the relevant evidence that exists when forming the judgment that it makes some proposition probable, the other that our judgments as to the representativeness of evidence are often justified, and can be justified even in matters of religion. Both objections are instructive but ultimately unsuccessful, as I show here.
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    Reactions to MacIntosh.J. L. Schellenberg - 2011 - Philo 14 (1):77-84.
    In his response to my trilogy, Jack MacIntosh suggests a variety of ways in which its conclusions may be challenged, drawing on considerations scientific, moral, and prudential. I argue that the challenges can be met, and, in the process, show how the trilogy’s reasoning can be extended and strengthened on a number of fronts.
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    Pluralism and Probability.J. L. Schellenberg - 1997 - Religious Studies 33 (2):143-159.
    In this paper I discuss a neglected form of argument against religious belief -- generically, 'the probabilistic argument from pluralism'. If the denial of a belief is equivalent to the disjunction of its alternatives, and if we may gain some idea as to the probabilities of such disjunctions by adding the separate probabilities of their mutually exclusive disjuncts, and if, moreover, the denials of many religious beliefs are disjunctions known to have two or more mutually exclusive members each possessing a (...)
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  32. What the Hiddenness of God Reveals: A Collaborative Discussion.J. L. Schellenberg - 2002 - In Daniel Howard-Snyder & Paul K. Moser (eds.), Divine Hiddenness: New Essays. Cambridge University Press. pp. 57.
     
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  33. Paul K. Moser, The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology: Cambridge University Press, New York, 2008, Xii and 292 Pp., $90.00. [REVIEW]J. L. Schellenberg - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (3):227-232.
    Paul K. Moser, The elusive God: reorienting religious epistemology Content Type Journal Article Pages 227-232 DOI 10.1007/s11153-010-9278-x Authors J. L. Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy., Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M2J6 Canada Journal International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Online ISSN 1572-8684 Print ISSN 0020-7047 Journal Volume Volume 69 Journal Issue Volume 69, Number 3.
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  34. The Atheist’s Free Will Offence.J. L. Schellenberg - 2004 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 56 (1):1-15.
    This paper criticizes the assumption, omnipresent in contemporary philosophy of religion, that a perfectly good and loving God would wish to confer on finite persons free will. An alternative mode of Divine-human relationship is introduced and shown to be as conducive to the realization of value as one involving free will. Certain implications of this result are then revealed, to wit, that the theist's free will defence against the problem of evil is unsuccessful, and what is more, that free will, (...)
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    Stalemate and Strategy: Rethinking the Evidential Argument From Evil.J. L. Schellenberg - 2000 - American Philosophical Quarterly 37 (4):405 - 419.
  36. The Argument From Divine Hiddenness: Response.J. L. Schellenberg - 1996 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 26:455-462.
     
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    Religious Experience and Religious Diversity: A Reply to Alston.J. L. Schellenberg - 1994 - Religious Studies 30 (2):151 - 159.
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    What Divine Hiddenness Reveals.J. L. Schellenberg - 2008 - God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence.
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    Jordan's Jamesian Wager.J. L. Schellenberg - 2008 - God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence.
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    Religious Experience and Religious Diversity: A Reply to Alston: J. L. SCHELLENBERG.J. L. Schellenberg - 1994 - Religious Studies 30 (2):151-159.
    William Alston's Perceiving God: The Epistemology of Religious Experience is a most significant contribution to the philosophy of religion. The product of 50 years' reflection on its topic , this work provides a very thorough explication and defence of what Alston calls the ‘mystical perceptual practice’ – the practice of forming beliefs about the Ultimate on the basis of putative ‘direct experiential awareness’ thereof . Alston argues, in particular, for the rationality of engaging in the Christian form of MP . (...)
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    Christianity Saved? Comments on Swinburne's Apologetic Strategies in the Tetralogy.J. L. Schellenberg - 2002 - Religious Studies 38 (3):283-300.
    This paper begins by surveying some of the problems facing Swinburne 's general approach, finding unfortunate the absence from his tetralogy of a strategy that might have helped to alleviate them, namely an attempt to show that a traditional Christian creed is more probable than the creed of any other religion. It then discusses certain particular arguments of the tetralogy – arguments offered in defence of the traditional Christian doctrine of the Atonement – which are central to the detailed working (...)
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  42. Renewing Philosophy of Religion: Exploratory Essays.Paul Draper & J. L. Schellenberg (eds.) - 2017 - Oxford University Press.
    This book is animated by a shared conviction that philosophy of religion needs to change: thirteen new essays suggest why and how. The first part of the volume explores possible changes to the focus of the field. The second part focuses on the standpoint from which philosophers of religion should approach their field. In the first part are chapters on how an emphasis on faith distorts attempts to engage non-western religious ideas; on how philosophers from different traditions might collaborate on (...)
     
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    Whither Philosophy of Religion?Brian Leftow, Pamela Sue Anderson & J. L. Schellenberg - 2015 - Religious Studies 51 (3):441-454.
    The post-war expansion of university faculties climaxed in the early 1970s. Since then, there have been more professional philosophers than ever before in history: a startling claim, but sober truth. In analytic philosophy, they have worked with more rigour and better training than even the Scholastics. It would take a surprising lack of talent among us, or perhaps argue some deep defect in the questions we ask, if the result werenotmore progress in philosophy than most periods can boast. And in (...)
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    Appendix A: Definitions.J. L. Schellenberg - 2009 - In The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion. Cornell University Press. pp. 255-258.
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  45. Alpha-Claims and the Problem of Evil.J. L. Schellenberg - 1993 - Sophia 32 (1):56-61.
     
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    Appendix B: Principles.J. L. Schellenberg - 2009 - In The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion. Cornell University Press. pp. 259-262.
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    A New Logical Problem of Evil Revisited in Advance.J. L. Schellenberg - forthcoming - Faith and Philosophy.
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    A New Logical Problem of Evil Revisited.J. L. Schellenberg - 2018 - Faith and Philosophy 35 (4):464-472.
    In this article I state concisely the central features of a new logical problem of evil developed elsewhere and take account of a response to this problem recently published in this journal by Jerome Gellman. I also reflect briefly on how theology can play a role in such philosophical discussions.
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    “Breaking Down the Walls That Divide”: Virtue and Warrant, Belief and Nonbelief.J. L. Schellenberg - 2004 - Faith and Philosophy 21 (2):195-213.
    In this paper I argue that moral virtue is sometimes causally necessary both for theistic belief and for nonbelief. I then argue for some further connectionsbetween these results and the Calvinist view, recently revived in the philosophy of religion, according to which theistic belief is typically warranted and all those who dissent from such belief persist in their nonbelief because of sin. Specifically, I maintain that the virtue of belief militates against its being warranted, and that the virtue of nonbelief (...)
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    Conclusion.J. L. Schellenberg - 2009 - In The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion. Cornell University Press. pp. 251-254.
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