On a previous blog post, I talked about the relationship between skeptical theism and the problem of divine hiddenness. Particularly, I argued that skeptical theism (by itself) will not work as a response to the argument from divine hiddenness (i.e. it fails). In that post, I didn't consider every objection, but I have since thought … Continue reading Skeptical theism and Divine Hiddenness Part 2
Travis Dumsday has recently published a paper arguing that the argument from evil undermines the argument from divine hiddenness. Dumsday's point is that the existence of vast amounts of suffering in the world will possibly make it to where some nonbelievers can't be convinced of God's existence no matter how much evidence God presents to them. Thus, … Continue reading Reply to Travis Dumsday: Does the argument from evil undermine the hiddenness argument?
Atheist Philosopher Paul Draper seems to not have bought into J.L. Schellenberg’s hiddenness argument. Schellenberg’s argument is that if God exists, then nonresistant nonbelief will not exist. Why? Because if God exists, God would always be open to a relationship with God’s creatures, and the belief that "God exists" is necessary in order to have … Continue reading Paul Draper and the argument from divine hiddenness
In terms of non-human animals, nothing has been said about them with regards to the problem of divine hiddenness. At least, nobody has formed formulated the hiddenness argument in terms to include animals. Here, I want to show that the problem of divine hiddenness includes animals. Non-human animals in our actual world aren't resistant to … Continue reading Applying the hiddenness argument to animals
The evidential argument from hell argues that the existence of hell (if it exists) makes God's existence improbable. The argument can be construed as follows: 1. If God exists, God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent 2. (Assumption) Hell exists 3. If God exists, there would be no hell unless hell is necessary in order to bring … Continue reading Evidential argument (problem) from hell
C.S. Lewis has an argument for the existence of God known as the argument from nostalgia. Alvin Plantinga sums up the argument with, "Lewis speaks of the nostalgia that often engulfs us upon beholding a splendid land or seascape; these somehow speak to us of their maker. Not sure just what the argument is; but … Continue reading The Argument From Trauma
If you look through the philosophy of religion literature, you will probably notice that most of the papers have to do with either classical theism or naturalism. With theism, more specifically, you'll notice that most of those papers are by Christian theists. But, I think there is a much larger world outside of theism vs. … Continue reading The larger world of philosophy of religion
"Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong." "It's possible that my Mom's real name isn't Anna; therefore, her real name isn't Anna." "It's possible that I will win a million dollars; therefore, I will win a million dollars." "It's possible that unicorns exist; therefore, unicorns exist."
The Kalam Cosmological Argument is as follows: 1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause 2. The universe began to exist 3. Therefore, the universe has a cause Problems with the Kalam Cosmological Argument: 1. It assumes the A-theory of time, which is not obviously true. In fact, it's very controversial. 2. It assumes that … Continue reading A summary of the problems with the Kalam Cosmological Argument
Abstract: In this paper, I will first be explaining, in detail, J.L. Schellenberg's argument from divine hiddenness (also known as the argument from nonresistant nonbelief). Schellenberg's argument is commonly misunderstood, as such, I want to do the best I can in understanding his argument correctly, not only for my sake but for the sake of … Continue reading THE PROBLEM OF DIVINE HIDDENNESS AND SKEPTICAL THEISM