The atheistic argument from divine hiddenness (ADH) may be summarized like this:
1. If God exists, he would
want everyone to believe in him. (Premise)
2. If God wants everyone to
believe in him, then he will provide compelling evidence of his
3. God has not provided
compelling evidence of his existence. (Premise)
4. Therefore, God does not
exist. (From 1 – 3)
As a theist, I'm happy to grant premises (1) and (2). However, (3) is obviously in contention for those of us who take Romans 1:18-20 seriously and have offered arguments for God's existence. We maintain that various cosmological, teleological, axiological and many other types of arguments provide us with rationally compelling reasons to believe in God.
The wrinkle to this whole debate is that the atheist may modify (3) like this: 3*. God has not provided compelling evidence of his existence that meets everyone's criteria of compelling evidence.
This would be a most curious claim. Is God supposed to bow down to our standards, and upon his ingratiating us with proving his self-evident existence, finally go back to being God? Is that really what God is like? If so, it hardly seems appropriate to say that God is as great as we say he is, much less maximally great. The fact of the matter is that his standards are not our standards. Our demand for evidence is already manifested sufficiently, even if some continue to demand more.
My claim here is not intended to be antagonistic. It's just that it's not at all uncommon for people (myself included) to suppress our knowledge of things we'd rather not have to deal with. Sometimes this suppression of knowledge is intentional, and other times unintentional. To my atheistic friends, I want you to know that I believe you are sincere and that your suppression of the knowledge of God is unintentional. God promises us that if we continue to seek him with an open mind and an open heart, he will reveal himself to us (Deut. 4:29). All I can ask you is that you continue to remain open. God will reveal himself to you at the appropriate time.