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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 12679
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   Divine Hiddenness and Human Sin: The Noetic Effect of Sin
  Author(s):  Ebrahim Azadegan
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Journal of Reformed Theology
  No.:  1
  Vol.:  7
  Year:  2013
  Pages:   69-90
  Supported by:  IPM
This paper examines the relationship between human sin and divine hiddenness, drawing on views that are widely acknowledged within the Reformed tradition. It argues, first, that according to these views there is no inculpable nonbelief, and thus, second, that a crucial premise in the atheistic argument from divine hiddenness is untenable. The overarching question here is: If there is a sensus divinitatis, is it possible to be an inculpable nonbeliever? To answer this question, the cognitive effects of sin on our sensus divinitatis as a faculty of producing basic beliefs about God will be assessed. I conclude that the premise, which many find plausible, that there is inculpable nonbelief, is in fact controversial and dubious.

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