Divine Hiddenness, Divine Silence

In Louis P. Pojman & Michael C. Rea (eds.), Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology. Wadsworth/Cenage. pp. 266-275 (2011)
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In the present article, he explains why divine silence poses a serious intellectual obstacle to belief in God, and then goes on to consider ways of overcoming that obstacle. After considering several ways in which divine silence might actually be beneficial to human beings, he argues that perhaps silence is nothing more or less than God’s preferred mode of interaction with creatures like us. Perhaps God simply desires communion rather than overt communication with human beings, and perhaps God has provided ways for us to experience God’s presence richly even amidst the silence.

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Michael Rea
University of Notre Dame


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