Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

Examining Schellenberg's Hiddenness Argument

Authors: Weidner, Veronika

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  • Offers a sympathetic but rigorous analysis of Schellenberg’s hiddenness argument
  • Challenges the truth of one decisive subpremise of Schellenberg’s argument
  • Approaches the riddle of divine hiddenness systematically instead of historically
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This book examines the so-called hiddenness argument of the Canadian philosopher John L. Schellenberg. ​The hiddenness of God is a topic evincing a rich tradition in the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Rather recently, an argument emerged claiming that the hiddenness of God reveals on closer inspection the non-existence of God. Some say that Schellenberg´s hiddenness argument is likely as forceful as the argument from evil rendering theism rather implausible or even false. In this book, an account of the traditional theistic notion of divine hiddenness is presented, which contrasts sharply from Schellenberg´s use of the term. Moreover, a well-needed detailed exposition of the premises of the hiddenness argument is offered, thereby preparing the ground for an even more in-depth future hiddenness debate. Furthermore, a reply to the argument is given which challenges the truth of one specific subpremise, according to which belief that God exists is necessary in order to personally relate to God. Even though a plausible case is made that the hiddenness argument is unsound, it is beyond dispute that the argument deserves more serious reflection by theists and atheists alike.  

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Veronika Weidner is Teaching and Research Assistant at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. She is currently working on several book projects within the field of philosophy of religion in both English and German. 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

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  • Setting the Stage

    Pages 13-55

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  • Its Most Recent Statement

    Pages 57-152

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  • Where to Go from Here?

    Pages 155-243

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  • Conclusion

    Pages 245-248

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Examining Schellenberg's Hiddenness Argument
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97517-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97517-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97516-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 267
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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