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The Hiddenness of God

Michael C. Rea


This book is about the hiddenness of God, and the problems it raises for belief and trust in God. Talk of divine hiddenness evokes a variety of phenomena—the relative paucity and ambiguity of the available evidence for God’s existence, the elusiveness of God’s comforting presence when we are afraid and in pain, the palpable and devastating experience of divine absence and abandonment, and more. Many of these phenomena are hard to reconcile with the idea, central to the Jewish and Christian scriptures, that God is deeply lovingly concerned with the lives and emotional and spiritual well-being o ... More

Keywords: divine hiddenness, God, religious experience, lament, protest, love, goodness, transcendence, Schellenberg, theism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826019
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael C. Rea, author
Rev. John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame