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Hidden Divinity and Religious Belief
New Perspectives


J. L. Schellenberg, Meghan Sullivan, Helen De Cruz, Paul K. Moser, Evan Fales, John Greco, Daniel Howard-Snyder, Adam Green, Jon McGinnis, Jerome Gellman, N. N. Trakakis, Michael C. Rea, Sarah Coakley, Yujin Nagasawa, Ian DeWeese-Boyd
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107435032

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  • This collection of new essays written by an international team of scholars is a groundbreaking examination of the problem of divine hiddenness, one of the most dynamic areas in current philosophy of religion. Together, the essays constitute a wide-ranging dialogue on the problem. They balance atheistic and theistic standpoints, and they bring to bear not only on the standard philosophical perspectives but also on insights from Jewish, Muslim, and Eastern Orthodox traditions. The apophatic and the mystical are well-represented too. As a result, the volume throws fresh light on this familiar but important topic in the philosophy of religion. In the process, the volume incorporates contemporary work in epistemology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. For all these reasons, this book will be of great interest to researchers and advanced students in philosophy of religion and theology.

    • Provides novel religious, literary and scientific perspectives on divine hiddenness
    • The only contemporary edited anthology on divine hiddenness
    • Features up-to-date work from the most prominent scholars in the field
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    'This bold collection offers a satisfying display of the plurality of perspectives revolving around the topic … On the whole, the collection is written with philosophical precision expressing the potential breadth of thought blooming and intertwined in philosophy of religion. It is a must-read for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professional philosophers and theologians.' Christophe Porot, Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107435032
    • length: 305 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Argument from God's Hiddenness against God's Existence:
    1. Divine hiddenness and human philosophy J. L. Schellenberg
    Part II. God's Hiddenness: Overlooked Issues:
    2. The semantic problem of hiddenness Meghan Sullivan
    3. Divine hiddenness and the cognitive science of religion Helen De Cruz
    Part III. God's Hiddenness: Faith and Skepticism:
    4. Divine hiddenness and self-sacrifice Paul K. Moser
    5. Journeying in perplexity Evan Fales
    Part IV. Reasons for Hiddenness and Unbelief:
    6. No-fault atheism John Greco
    7. Divine openness and creaturely non-resistant non-belief Daniel Howard-Snyder
    8. Hiddenness and the epistemology of attachment Adam Green
    Part V. God's Hiddenness and God's Nature in the Major Monotheisms:
    9. The hiddenness of 'divine hiddenness': divine love in medieval Islamic lands Jon McGinnis
    10. The hidden God of the Jews: Hegel, Reb Nachman, and the Aqedah Jerome Gellman
    11. The hidden divinity and what it reveals N. N. Trakakis
    12. Hiddenness and transcendence Michael C. Rea
    Part VI. God's Hiddenness: Suffering and Union with God:
    13. Divine hiddenness or dark intimacy?: How John of the Cross dissolves a contemporary philosophical dilemma Sarah Coakley
    14. Silence, evil and Shūsaku Endō Yujin Nagasawa
    15. Lyric theodicy: Gerard Manley Hopkins and the problem of existential hiddenness Ian DeWeese-Boyd

  • Editors

    Adam Green, Azusa Pacific University
    Adam Green is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University. He has published numerous articles in journals, including Episteme, Synthese, American Philosophical Quarterly, The Monist, Religious Studies and the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

    Eleonore Stump, St Louis University, Missouri
    Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at St Louis University. She has published extensively on philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics and medieval philosophy. Her recent publications include Aquinas (2003), Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (2010) and The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas (co-edited with Brian Davies, 2012).


    J. L. Schellenberg, Meghan Sullivan, Helen De Cruz, Paul K. Moser, Evan Fales, John Greco, Daniel Howard-Snyder, Adam Green, Jon McGinnis, Jerome Gellman, N. N. Trakakis, Michael C. Rea, Sarah Coakley, Yujin Nagasawa, Ian DeWeese-Boyd

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