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Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity

Robert McKim


The religious ambiguity of the world has many aspects, one of which is the hiddenness of God. Theists have proposed a number of explanations of God's hiddenness. Some putative explanations contend that the advantages of God's hiddenness (“goods of mystery”) outweigh whatever benefits would result if God's existence and nature were clear to us (“goods of clarity”). Goods of mystery that have received a lot of discussion include human moral autonomy and the ability on our part to exercise control over whether we believe in the existence of God. The extent of the ambiguity that surrounds God's ex ... More

Keywords: belief, clarity, commitment, Critical Stance, existence, God, goods, hiddenness, mystery, traditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195128352
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195128354.001.0001


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Robert McKim, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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