"Look at the trees, and observe the effects of the wind," Van Allsburg wrote. "Look at the sky. Does it seem friendly to you? Does it seem silent? Does it frown? Is there anything (God) that brought it into being? If so, can God be known from these observations?
"If you feel angst, or if you feel alone, or if it seems that often times, God is rather silent, you are not alone," the former Grand Haven resident continued. "Perhaps you are observing trees, wind and sky, and nothing more. Maybe it's a good day to be an atheist, after all. Maybe the silence in the natural order is the silence of God, too. And the silence means no one is there."
Van Allsburg says what philosophers, theologians and biblical prophets call "the hiddenness of God" is a troublesome one. "If God is there, why isn't he more obvious?" he poses.
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