Divine Hiddeness: a new argument

1. If God existed, then He would stop any arguments for His nonexistence being made aware to us

.(In this life God would stop arguments for His nonexistence being made aware to us)

-We would struggle with knowing that God exists if arguments for his non-existence are made aware to us

-God is always right, and He is caring.

-He would want us to know the greatest truth: His existence. God would want to preserve truth because God would love truth but he would value the greatest truth.

-God would want to make it as easiest as possible for us to believe that He exists because belief that God exists is necessary to enter into a relationship with him. Arguments for his nonexistence are obstacles to a relationship with God. A relationship with God is the greatest good. Beatific vision.

-God would be imperfect if He didn’t preserve the greatest good, and thus not God.

-It’s not logically impossible for God to keep us from being made aware of arguments against His existence. If we would plausibly struggle with the arguments, then why would God not protect us from being made aware of them? After all, the greatest good is plausibly having a relationship with God (And a necessary condition of having a relationship with someone is believing that the other person actually exists).

2. There are some arguments for God’s nonexistence that some of us are aware of

-We come across arguments sometimes to which seem reasonable and we aren’t aware of any good objection. We sometimes struggle with some of the arguments against God’s existence.
-We all know this is true for at least some people
-Ex: Problem of Evil is an argument for God’s nonexistence

3. Therefore, God doesn’t exist

Objections:
1. Freewill
How is freewill hurt? We already have limited freewill, don’t we? Should we not stop a rapist because that would hurt freewill? Is freewill worth it? Probably not. Most of us agree that we would give up our freewill to choose evil right away for a better world.

-Parents don’t let their kids watch R-rated movies because of the content. Is their kids freewill hurt?

A. Knowing God personally is a greater good than freewill.
B. God must favor the greater good because He is bound by his nature.
C. Therefore, God can’t favor freewill over knowing Him personally.

2. It’s possible that God has a morally sufficient reason.
No it’s not possible if God always chooses the greater good. The greatest good for humans would be for people to enter a relationship with Him. Belief in God is necessary to enter a relationship with Him. Therefore, God would want to preserve good reasons for His existence, get rid of bad reasons, and seek to abolish or prevent bad arguments for his nonexistence.

3. Character building
-But knowing God personally is a greater good, the greatest good.
-Some people die not believing in God, who were convinced by an atheistic argument.

4. This would make God a liar or deceitful
-God wouldn’t be lying. God isn’t telling us that there aren’t any arguments for His non-existence that someone can make.
>God is looking for the greatest truth, especially in this life to the benefit of humans.
-God wouldn’t be anymore deceitful than a parent that doesn’t tell there kids certain things. Are the parents necessarily being deceitful?
>We sometimes lie for the greater good. The greater good for humans that God allows is the greater good of a relationship with Him, the greatest good.

God already doesn’t tell us certain things

 

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Sources:

Schellenberg, J.L. “The argument from Divine Hiddenness”. 1992.

 

 

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