The Hiddenness Argument
Philosophy's New Challenge to Belief in God
J. L. Schellenberg
Reviews and Awards
"Schellenberg anticipates and intercepts his readers' responses to his arguments, and throughout, the book succeeds in generating the sense that author and reader are engaged in dialogue ... Many readers will find The Hiddenness Argument productively thought provoking, a spur to reflection on the nature and desires of God." -- Andrew Dole, Journal of Religion
"Schellenberg's goal in this monograph is to write a non-academic, yet rigorous, statement of the hiddenness argument. The prose is written so as to be accessible to a broad audience and, in my judgment, succeeds in this effort ... the book is representative of the sustained work Schellenberg has accomplished over the years to advance this important topic and draw attention to one form the argument can take -- a form that was largely neglected prior to his presentation of the issue. Divine hiddenness is a problem many grapple with and I hope the book will accomplish its goal of introducing the problem to a broader audience." -- Charity Anderson, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
"Had I read John Schellenberg's brilliant new work, which gives title and cogency to the argument from the hiddenness of God, I would have become an unbeliever years before. In fact, of all the arguments for and against God's existence (and I've heard them all) this is the most powerful I have encountered in support of the atheist position. A tour de force." --Michael Shermer, Publisher Skeptic Magazine, monthly columnist Scientific American, author of The Moral Arc.
"In contrast to the polemics that normally fire back and forth across the imaginary lines of the culture wars, this essential, accessible book has an argument truly worth contending with. But it is also more than an argument; Schellenberg's way of thinking opens possibilities that are spiritual as well as rational, fully human as well as satisfyingly precise." -- Nathan Schneider, author of God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet
"Schellenberg's arguments about the alleged hiddenness of God have been much discussed in recent years. In a welcome, and accessible, book he introduces this challenging issue to a wider readership with clarity and incisiveness." -- Roger Trigg, Senior Research Fellow, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford University, author of Religious Diversity
"For all those who really want to know whether God exists, reading The Hiddenness Argument is a must. The book is written for the widest possible readership and great fun to read." -- Herman Philipse, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Utrecht, author of God in the Age of Science?
"A powerful and yet simple statement of one of the most powerful and yet simple arguments for atheism that has been developed in recent years." -- T. J. Mawson, Edgar Jones Fellow in Philosophy, St Peter's College, Oxford University, author of Belief in God
"I wonder what the implications would be if we took Schellenberg's optimism about human reasoning and applied it more broadly...one of the things that has struck me the most about the development of Schellenberg's thought is precisely his optimism about human reason and its prospects. The spirit of Schellenberg's work is never one of pessimistic judgment about the errors and superstitions of religious folk. He is not a mocker. Rather, his writing seems to flow from a conviction that there's so much out there to explore." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Review