God's Silence as an Epistemological Concern

The Philosophical Forum, Vol. 43. No. 4 (2012), 383-393

14 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2012 Last revised: 19 Mar 2013

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Throughout history, many people, including Mother Teresa, have been troubled by God’s silence. In spite of the conflicting interpretations of the Bible, God has remained silent. What are the implications of divine silence for a meaning of life? Is there a good reason that explains God’s silence? If God created humanity to fulfill a purpose, then God would have clarified his purpose and our role by now, as I will argue. To help God carry out his purpose, we would need to have a clear understanding of our role. Thus, by failing to clarify our role, God would be undermining himself in achieving the purpose he conceived, which would not make sense. Because God, if he exists, would not engage in this self-defeating behavior, this suggests that humanity was not created by God to fulfill a purpose.

Keywords: God's Silence, Divine Silence, Divine Hiddenness, Meaning of Life

Suggested Citation

Trisel, Brooke Alan, God's Silence as an Epistemological Concern (2012). The Philosophical Forum, Vol. 43. No. 4 (2012), 383-393, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2173714

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