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Extremely powerful evidence for atheism,
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This review is from: Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason (Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion) (Hardcover)
If there is a God, why is his existence not more obvious? The traditional answer is that God is hidden. However, as John L. Schellenberg (DPhil, Oxon) points out, an all-good or perfectly loving God would not remain hidden. Therefore, he argues, the fact that it is *reasonable* to not believe in God is *evidence* for the non-existence of God.
What makes Schellenberg's book so interesting is that Schellenberg was forced to embrace atheism as a result of his own argument, despite the fact that Schellenberg has said that he finds atheism quite unpalatable. In the conclusion of his book, Schellenberg encourages theists to find a flaw in his argument so that he can once again believe in God.
Schellenberg's book has created quite a stir in the philosophy of religion. Just over a year ago, I attended a conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers; one of the themes for that conference was the argument from divine hiddenness. Indeed, I was told that Daniel Howard-Snyder and Paul Moser are editing a forthcoming analogy on the argument, in the spirit of Howard-Snyder's highly successful anthology, THE EVIDENTIAL ARGUMENT FROM EVIL.
If you are interested in arguments for and against the existence of God--whether you are a theist, atheist, or somewhere in between--this is one book you will want on your bookshelf. For more information, check out infidels.org.