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The Hiddenness of God$
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Michael C. Rea

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198826019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198826019.001.0001

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Divine Presence in a Material World

Divine Presence in a Material World

(p.113) 7 Divine Presence in a Material World
The Hiddenness of God

Michael C. Rea

Oxford University Press

This chapter, together with Chapter 6, presents a theory about encounters with God according to which experience of God’s presence is much more widely available than is typically credited in the literature on divine hiddenness. The present chapter further develops the account sketched in Chapter 6 and, in so doing, locates the account in relation to a few important decision points in the literature on religious experience. The chapter concludes with some reasons for thinking that the view of divine encounters sketched here is the most plausible account of how creatures like us might experience divine presence in a material world.

Keywords:   religious experience, visions, voices, Mark Wynn, William Alston, William James, divine presence, divine hiddenness

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