A Critical Evaluation of Rea’s Response to the Problem of Divine Hiddenness

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 6 (2):117--138 (2014)
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Abstract

In an important discussion of the problem of hiddenness, Michael Rea briefly presents and defends an argument from divine hiddenness which he thinks encapsulates the problem of divine hiddenness, and then develops a detailed and nuanced response to this argument. Importantly, Rea claims that his response does not depend on the commonly held theistic view that God allows hiddenness to secure human goods. In this paper I offer a detailed criticism of Rea’s account of what justifies God in allowing divine hiddenness, arguing that Rea’s response to the argument from divine hiddenness is unsuccessful.

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Ross Parker
Charleston Southern University

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