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Volume 47 • Number 2

April 2009



Two Solutions to the Problem of Divine Hiddenness

by Andrew Cullison

J. L. Schellenberg's argument from hiddenness against the existence of God is simple. The primary argument is as follows.

The Main Argument from Hiddenness

(1) If God exists, then no one would be epistemically rational for not believing in God.

(2) Some people are epistemically rational for not believing in God.

(3) Therefore, God does not exist.

However, much of the issue concerning this argument surrounds the support for premise. As many have noted, Schellenberg's first premise does not demand an undeniable, incontrovertible proof for God's existence. He merely claims that God would provide evidence sufficient for rational belief, and presumably this would entail that the only people who do not believe are culpable for their nonbelief. Their nonbelief would be their own fault.

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