The problem of revelation remains vital for our time. Indeed, whether God has let himself be known and, if so, how, is a decisive question of human life. A simple negative answer is given by all forms of atheism, for which the question itself is meaningless. There are, however, also those who are not atheists for whom the basic question is whether God has in fact revealed himself. For the person who has outgrown his childhood faith of more naïve times and has experienced profound changes in himself and the world, the question is existentially important. The simple faith of childhood cannot stand up under the critical attitudes he has assumed towards life and its increasingly complex problems. Questions arise concerning the reality of the formerly assumed love and righteousness of God in the face of the things which God “allows” to be suffered in the world. This does not mean that he has given up faith in God. It does mean that the God of his faith is surrounded by more and more question marks. Meanwhile, uncertainty and unrest swell up within the heart. The voices that taunted Old Testament poets echo more strongly around this perplexed modern, asking: Where is your God?

The challenge of the voices is the challenge of the silent God. It would seem to be a contradiction even to speak of a silent God. To speak of God at all, even of a silent God, assumes that in some way he has not kept silent. The silence of a God can be eloquent.

This may seem to be empty logic. Yet, men will often say something of God from out of a tradition of dogmatics, and then conclude that this God is a silent God. There are many voices which resound through life, but His voice is still. He is the silent, the hidden God. In the silence of heaven, the ...

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