According to Jeffery Jay Lowder of the Secular Outpost, I failed to refute Schellenberg’s argument on divine hiddenness; in fact, I failed so badly I didn’t even address Schellenberg’s argument. What worse failure could there be?!
I can tell I let you down, Mr. Lowder. I’m not sure, though, how I set you up for that disappointment. After all, I didn’t actually say the blog post was intended as a refutation of Schellenberg. There are three clues that might have indicated that to you:
Anyway, I can see I failed in refuting Schellenberg. You’ve told me that clearly enough, titling your post, “Swing and a Miss: Another Failed Refutation of Schellenberg’s Hiddenness Argument.” Sure enough, I “swung” at him, by mentioning him once in passing—and sure enough, I missed, making successful contact with another argument instead–the one I was actually aiming at.
But (and this is why I say I’m confused) I’m actually wondering where the problem is. Where did I fail to refute Schellenberg, any more than I also failed to refute all the other arguments I didn’t address in that blog post?
And how is it that you missed the real purpose of the article?
Is it possible you swung and missed?
P.S. If we actually were talking about Schellenberg’s argument, I’d focus on point 4 as found in your blog post. If this is to reach the standard of proof that there is no God, then the apparently empirical information in point 4 needs to reach that standard: there must first be proof that persons such as those described in 4 actually exist. (Something similar seems necessary even if this is to have inductive force.)
It seems to me that proof would be impossible for you to establish without first establishing that the Christian revelation on this question is in error; which, if accomplished, would go a long way toward rendering Schellenberg’s argument more plausible but also at the same time less relevant with respect to the truth of (specifically) Christian theism. That is to say, if the Bible is undermined, then to add Schellenberg’s argument would be like coming along and kicking a dead Christianity further down the hill.
But we weren’t actually talking about that; or at least, I wasn’t.
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