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This question understands God as ‘Supreme Being and Creator of the Universe’, not a specific God (Christian, Islamic, Jewish, or other).

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The Argument from Non-Belief is concerned with Divine Hiddenness. Nietzsche asked: "a god who is all-knowing and all-powerful and who does not even make sure his creatures understand his intentions — could that be a god of goodness?"

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For the Christian philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, the silence of god is the proof of his love : if God does not reveal himself by the word, who, like every word, can bind possessively, it is in order to manifest, in discretion and restraint, his eternal fidelity. Restraint that, far from weakening a relationship, strengthens it. As can the restraint of a non-possessive parent. For the Jewish philosopher, André Neher, the silence of God is the condition of the free will of human kind, including not believing in him.

Premises

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).

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