Does God Hide from Us? Faith, Freedom and Theodicy

  • C. Robert Mesle


Does God hide from us? There is something slightly improper about putting the question in the active voice. Traditionally we have preferred the passive voice, speaking of the ‘hiddenness’ of God. Usually, though not always, God has been seen as ‘hidden’ in the sense that the inherent gulf between the finite creatures and the infinite Creator has made God inescapably mysterious, Wholly Other, transcendent of our puny grasp. To say that God is hidden has not been to say that we could not know of God, but to insist that what we know of God is necessarily limited and enigmatic.


John Hick Intellectual Integrity Mere Belief Divine Presence Modern Situation 
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    See Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Belief and History, (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1977)Google Scholar
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    The problems of relating epistemic distance to Hick’s eschatology, and several other problems, are well discussed by Roy Perrett, ‘John Hick on Faith: A Critique’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion vol. 15, 57–66 (1984).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Daniel Day Williams, ‘How Does God Act?’, in William Reese and Eugene Freedman, eds, Process and Divinity, (LaSalle, Illinois: Open Court, 1964).Google Scholar

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© C. Robert Mesle 1991

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  • C. Robert Mesle
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  1. 1.Graceland CollegeLamoniUSA

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