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Michael Martin on the Absence of God

Atheism: A Philosophical Justification (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990), p. 463.

Since experiences of God are good grounds for the existence of God, are not experiences of the absence of God good grounds for the nonexistence of God? After all, many people have tried to experience God and have failed. Cannot these experiences of the absence of God be used by atheists to counter the theistic argument based on experience of the presence of God?