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God's Hiddenness and the Possibility of Moral Action

Robert McKim

in Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780195128352
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834488 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195128354.003.0002
God's Hiddenness and the Possibility of Moral Action

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Immanuel Kant, John Hick, and Richard Swinburne, among others, have presented versions of the claim that God must be hidden from us if we are to make morally significant choices. The proposal that an intimate and enduring personal relationship with God would reduce our moral autonomy is especially plausible. Less plausible is the claim that somewhat more evidence than we currently have for the existence of God would be morally harmful. While God's hiddenness cannot be explained adequately in terms of preserving our moral autonomy, there may be a good of mystery in this area that is capable of contributing to an adequate explanation. Especially promising is the idea that it is very valuable that we should be able to choose whether or not to harm others.

Keywords: existence; God; good of mystery; moral autonomy; personal relationship

Chapter.  14660 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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