August 23, 2006

Human and Divine Hiddenness

Posted in philosophy of religion, psychology, religion, scripture, theology at 12:40 pm by Jerry

11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.

12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

1 Corinthians 13 (NASB)

The bolded part in the verse above makes me ask myself some eschatological (study of end times) questions about self-awareness — (1) Will a world without God bring about complete self-awareness? (2) Could I accept a world that wouldn’t eventually be completely self-aware? (3) Is the pursuit of greater self-awareness enough, in whatever the context?

I noticed Verse 11 could be used in both religious and secular contexts, separately, or in a succession. If the contexts were in a succession, “childish” could be used as a label for the religious or the secular. I wish I knew one way or the other.

Religious philosophers are currently discussing the “Hiddenness of God,” trying to justify the lack of evidence for God’s existence. And this is important to atheists because they want require evidence if they are to believe in a Supreme Being. From what I’ve read so far, I don’t think these theistic philosophers are doing so good. Nevertheless, the question I’ve come up with concerning the hiddenness of God, is — “If God exists, is there a reason God doesn’t want to be falsifiable?”

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