Divine Hiddenness and the Concept of God
Keywords:Schellenberg, Thomas Aquinas, Omnipotence of God, Moral perfection of God, Ontological perfection of God
In contemporary debates, the problem of divine hiddenness can be numbered among the most prominent atheistic arguments. In this essay, I focus on a widely discussed version of this argument, i.e., the one developed by John Schellenberg (1959-). He bases the version at stake on a concept of God as an omnipotent, morally perfect, and ontologically perfect being. I argue that the way he develops his argument is simply inconsistent with each of these concepts. As a result, Schellenberg’s version of the divine hiddenness argument proves to be implausible.