Seeing the Face of Christ

An Ecclesiological Solution to the Problem of Divine Hiddenness

Keywords: Ecclesiology, Gregory of Nyssa, Divine Hiddenness, J. L. Schellenberg, Christology

Abstract

The problem of the hiddenness of God has at least two kinds: an experiential and an intellectual problem. Despite differences, a solution to either would require some account of how God is personally known. Yet for the Christian tradition, God is known in the man Jesus Christ. I suggest, then, a Christological reformulation of the hiddenness argument, and proceed to offer an account of how Christ is known. With special attention to the ecclesiology of Gregory of Nyssa, I offer an account of knowing Christ in the church. I then explore this as a response to the problems of divine hiddenness, and anticipate a considerable objection to my response.

Published
2019-11-01
How to Cite
King, D. S. (2019). Seeing the Face of Christ. TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.14428/thl.v4i1.20703