“Divine Hiddenness and Divine Love”

October 26, 2018, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Divine hiddenness—the unexpected ambiguity of our evidence for God’s existence, the elusiveness of God’s comforting presence when we are afraid and in pain, the palpable and devastating experience of divine absence and abandonment–is hard to reconcile with the idea, central to the Jewish and Christian scriptures, that God is deeply lovingly concerned with the lives and emotional and spiritual well-being of human creatures. The philosophical problem of divine hiddenness, one of the two most important arguments against the existence of God, depends on the idea that divine love is an idealized version of the best form of human love. In this paper I argue against this idea, and I show that the hiddenness problem can get no rational purchase on us by way of philosophical reflection on our ordinary understanding of the nature of love.

Dr. Michael Rea is the Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and the Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion. Dr. Rea is also a Professorial Fellow at the Logos Institute for Analytic & Exegetical Theology, University of St. Andrews. He internationally recognized as a leading expert in metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and analytic theology.

The lecture will be held in Dow A&B.