Hiddenness of God
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 224
Width: 13.2 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
The Hiddenness of God addresses the problem of divine hiddenness which concerns the ambiguity of evidence for God's existence, the elusiveness of God's comforting presence, the palpable and devastating experience of divine absence and abandonment, and more; phenomena which are hard to reconcile with the idea, central to the Jewish and Christian scriptures, that there exists a God who is deeply and lovingly concerned with the lives of humans. Michael C. Rea argues that divine hiddenness is not a problem to be explained away but rather a consequence of the nature of God himself. He shows that it rests on unwarranted assumptions and expectations about God's love for human beings. Rea explains how scripture and tradition bear testimony not only to God's love, but to God's transcendence. He shows that God's transcendence should be understood as implying that all of God's intrinsic attributesDLdivine love includedDLelude our grasp in significant ways.
Recommended. * J. Sienkiewicz, CHOICE * Rea's proposal about the wide accessibility of experiential encounters with God is both a breath of fresh air in the context of the philosophical debate about hiddenness and is enormously valuable from a pastoral perspective. In sum, this is an excellent book that substantially furthers the discussion of ADH by challenging some of its deepest assumptions, assumptions that even most of Schellenberg's theistic interlocutors have simply taken for granted. * Max Baker-Hytch, The Journal of Religion * I suspect this book will be a staple in the literature of the hiddenness problem. Rea's transcendence defense, like the skeptical theist defense, is formidable. His argument about how God relates to people more than they think is going to be more controversial and probably selectively successful with people who already hold certain dispositions. As I mentioned before, I think anyone personally or academically interested in the problem of divine hiddenness should read this book. It is well written, multidisciplinary, and compelling. * Ben Whittington, Reading Religion * [P]astorally insightful and academically rigorous. * Michael J. Dodds O.P., The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review *