The Hiddenness of God: Implications

Robert McKim

in Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780195128352
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834488 | DOI:
The Hiddenness of God: Implications

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If the goods of mystery outweigh the goods of clarity, there is some reason to doubt that any particular good of clarity, such as more people adopting theism here and now, is very important. Theists should acknowledge that it is unlikely that it is part of the goal of human life that we should here and now hold theistic beliefs. If any goods that are essential for human flourishing were dependent on our believing here and now in God's existence, then – if God exists – God would not remain hidden from human beings. For, if God exists, it would be easy for us to be provided with more evidence for the existence of God than we currently have.

Keywords: clarity; existence; God; goods; mystery; theism

Chapter.  12719 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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