chapter  3
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Another Problem of Evil: Divine Hiddenness

Thomas Morris says that the problem of divine hiddenness may be 'at least as great problem, if not a greater problem, for theism than is the problem of evil. In the problem of the hiddenness of God, the feature of the world that seems puzzling, if God exists, is the absence of clear indications of the existence, nature, and will of God. Robert McKim suggests that theistic explanations focus on the following: divine transcendence, human defectiveness, and the appropriateness of divine hiddenness for achieving certain of God's goals. If God were clearly known without people having proper self-knowledge, including knowledge of their wretchedness, it would promote pride. Thus, God makes Godself known only to people at the proper stage of self-development. Morris adds that Pascal, as a committed Christian and not just a theist, says that Jesus Christ shows people God through his divinity and 'people's wretchedness in contrast with the standard he presents of human perfection.