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Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason (Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion) Paperback – October 12, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0801473463 ISBN-10: 0801473462 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (October 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801473462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801473463
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A tightly argued, superbly crafted and religiously sensitive book. . . . Nobody interested in philosophical issues pertaining to our relation to God can afford to miss it."—Mind

"This book deserves to be seen as the definitive study to date of its subject. That subject is the implications of the lack of clear cut evidence and argument for the existence of God."—Religious Studies

"J. L. Schellenberg has developed the argument from hiddenness against the existence of God in a more thorough way than has ever been done before. I consider this book one of the six or seven most important books on the philosophy of religion published in the last fifteen years."—Richard Swinburne, University of Oxford

"This book is a splendid, illuminating study of Divine hiddenness and its implications for the question of whether the God of traditional theism actually exists."—William L. Rowe, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University

"Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason is a carefully argued, deeply insightful, and richly rewarding book. J. L. Schellenberg singlehandedly turned the problem of divine hiddenness into a major issue in contemporary philosophy of religion."—Paul Draper, Purdue University

About the Author

J. L. Schellenberg is Professor of Philosophy at Mount Saint Vincent University and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University. He is the author of Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason, Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion, The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism, and The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion, all from Cornell.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PhD Philosophy Student (now graduated) on May 17, 2013
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In the field of philosophy of religion, Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason hardly needs a review: it has already become a classic in the field, from a major figure. I thus write for those outside of professional philosophy. Here I should say that there is much to recommend this book. Most importantly, it (hereafter DHHR) develops what has since become one of the most important challenges to classical theistic belief, something that has often been acknowledged even by theistic philosophers. For instance, as Mike Rea of Notre Dame puts it, `Next to the problem of evil, the most important objection to belief in God is the problem of divine hiddenness.'

So what is the problem? As Schellenberg notes, the problem begins with a question: `Why, if a perfectly loving God exists, are there "reasonable nonbelievers?"; that is, why are there people who fail to believe in God but through no clear intellectual or moral fault of their own? (More recently, Schellenberg refers to reasonable nonbelief as nonresistant nonbelief and has reasons for doing so). Whatever one calls it, however, the problem stems from two basic considerations. The first has to do with the nature of divine love: an unsurpassably loving being will bring about divine-human relationship with non-resistant human persons just as soon as it is feasible for them. The second consideration has to do with the nature of a divine-human relationship: such a relationship presupposes some kind of belief and is frustrated by nonresistant nonbelief. These facts, when combined with evidence for nonresistant nonbelief, amount to a general argument for nonbelief in God. Although some will seek to explain away the problem in various ways, you won't likely think of an objection that Schellenberg hasn't already thought about and answered in detail.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter in Maine on May 8, 2013
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I enjoyed this book - that is, when I was able to wade through the 64-dollar vocabulary and ridiculously convoluted language and sentences. Seems at times like the author is trying as much to impress you with his vocabulary as much as convincing you of his argument. A little over-the-top for me.
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