How do you know that nowadays, God isn't "pulling such stunts as before", and it'sjust that nowadays, people need more than ever before to be convinced? IOW, you are acknowledging that a person's receptivity plays a part in how they see things and whether they believe in God. So it would pay off to investigate this further, namely, a person's receptivity. I don't know about that. It does seem though that there was a time in the past when planet Earth was a lot less polluted than it is today, and this suggests that people back then had quite a different relationship with it than they have had for the last 200 years or so. That in the early days, before industrialization, people had more respect for nature - whether that respect was forced on them by the hardship of life or whether it was deliberate is hard to say with certainty, but the fact is that they didn't pollute Earth the way we do nowadays. I presume that because they had such respect, and the environment was not as polluted, they might have been more receptive to God. They probably had a lot more free time than we do today as well. So, bottomline, I think the question to ask ourselves is this: Is it possible that nowadays, we tend to live a lifestyle that is not particularly conducive to knowing things as they really are? Is it possible that the values we tend to hold nowadays are not conducive for us to be truly happy? I think it is very possible. Again, it depends on what you mean by "God" and "making an appearance". God is certainly famous, even staunch atheists talk about Him! Being the topic of communication is a form of making an appearance. Granted, just saying "God" isn't much, so it's no wonder people are dissatisfied with such an appearance. We usually believe human beings first anyway. But the basic principle is this: If something is true, then it is true even if we heard it from a person. For example, it is possible to learn to ride a bike and then ride a bike - even though it was a person who instructed us how to ride a bike.