Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason

Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason

Why, if a loving God exists, are there "reasonable nonbelievers," people who fail to believe in God but through no fault of their own? In Part 1 of this book, the first full-length treatment of its topic, J. L. Schellenberg argues that when we notice how a relationship with God logically presupposes belief in God, we have grounds to conclude that there would be no reasonable nonbelievers if theism were true, and thus—given their existence—grounds for atheism. This argument, he maintains, is not defeated by any of an array of counterarguments seeking to justify divine hiddenness drawn from the work of such writers as Pascal, Kierkegaard, Butler, and Hick, and from the author's own imagination—arguments meticulously scrutinized in the book's second part.

Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason has generated a great deal of interest and discussion since its first publication in 1993 and continues to set the agenda for work on its issues today.

J. L. Schellenberg

J. L. Schellenberg is Professor of Philosophy at Mount Saint Vincent University and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University. He is the author of Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason, Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion, The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism, and The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion, all from Cornell.

The Will to Imagine
A Justification of Skeptical Religion
J. L. Schellenberg
Where other works treat religious skepticism as a dead end, The Will to Imagine argues that skepticism is the only point from which a proper beginning in religious inquiry—and in religion itself—can be made.

The Wisdom to Doubt
A Justification of Religious Skepticism
J. L. Schellenberg
A major contribution to the contemporary literature on the epistemology of religious belief.

Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion
J. L. Schellenberg
The first volume of trilogy of books providing a bold, original, and systematic treatment of foundational issues in philosophy of religion.

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Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion


Religion : Christianity
Philosophy : Philosophy / General

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