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The God who Seeks but Seems to Hide

Authors:  Jonbäck F.

Year: 2017
ISBN: 978-90-429-3493-1
Pages: X-125 p.
Price: 41 EURO

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Assuming that there is an all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly good God who seeks a loving relationship with all humans, it is puzzling that certain people experience that God seems to hide. It is often argued that this fact of ‘divine hiding’ renders it improbable that God exists.

In this study, Francis Jonbäck defends the view that it would not be surprising if divine hiding were necessary to realise greater goods or to avoid worse evils that are beyond our ken, in which case one is not justified in saying that divine hiding renders it improbable that God exists.

He goes on to argue that it is difficult to explain why God hides and that - although believers do not have a probabilistic problem with believing in a God who seems to hide - there might be an existential or practical problem, in particular for non-believers, when seeking a God who seems to hide.

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