A walk to Meg's Mount from Wandlebury along the Roman Road and a note about "divine hiddenness" and the "argument from non-belief" for atheism

Below are a few pictures from my walk yesterday from Wandlebury Country Park along the Roman Road to Meg's Mount.

Much of my thinking on the walk was connected with J. L. Schellenberg's powerful (and to my mind persuasive) argument from non-belief for the non-existence of a theistic God (I talked a little bit about Schallenberg's idea of Evolutionary Religion on Sunday). This argument appears in his 1993 book Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason. You can also hear him talk about it in a short filmed interview found at this link.

Laid out in full it looks like this (taken from the wiki page Argument from non-belief).

  • 1 If no perfectly loving God exists, then God does not exist.
  • 2 If a perfectly loving God exists, then there is a God who is always open to personal relationship with each human person.
  • 3 If there is a God who is always open to personal relationship with each human person, then no human person is ever non-resistantly unaware that God exists.
  • 4 If a perfectly loving God exists, then no human person is ever non-resistantly unaware that God exists (from 2 and 3).
  • 5 Some human persons are non-resistantly unaware that God exists.
  • 6 No perfectly loving God exists (from 4 and 5).
  • 7 God does not exist (from 1 and 6).

Of course, this is not to say that "Divine reality" (Schallenberg's own term) may not be real and experienced by us but it is (very strongly) to suggest that this Divine reality is unlikely to be the personal God of theism.

It was with this thought in mind that I strolled along . . .




Entrance to the coppice wood on Meg's Mount
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