Has there ever been a time in your life where God felt distant? A season when you could empathize with the Psalmist who said, "Why, O Lord, do you stand far away (Ps 10:1)?"
For most believers this feeling is a part of faith. The "nearness" of God, from our perspective, seems to ebb and flow during our lives. Of course, we may acknowledge his omnipresence, but when we speak of "nearness" we are speaking in terms of relationship.
That feeling, that divine hiddenness (DH), according to J. L. Schellenberg is not evidence of a temporary strain in the creator-creation relationship, but the absence of an eternal creator altogether. For Schellenberg, the feeling we get when we feel far from God is proof that God does not exist. It feels like he's not there for a good reason – he's not. This, according to Oxford University Press, is a "powerful new argument for atheism."Read More