The Problem of Divine Hiddenness in the Context of Science


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The aim of the paper is to try to find a solution to the problem of divine hiddenness, which in the context of science takes the form of the question of why, if God exists, science can completely ignore Him and yet explain away so much. We formulate the “argument from hiddenness in the context of science” modelled on the “argument from hiddenness” proposed by J. L. Schellenberg and show possible ways to refute this argument. We also propose a refutation in the form of “explanatory absconditheism,” the best expression of which is the thesis of “articulation” of scientific and theological ways of explaining the world. We also argue that the thesis of “explanatory absconditheism” can be extended to the entire discussion of divine hiddenness, providing possible response to the “argument from hiddenness.”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-60
Number of pages18
JournalRoczniki Filozoficzne
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2021


  • Absconditheism
  • Articulation
  • Concordism
  • Discordism
  • Divine hiddenness
  • Science


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