God Is Dead

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A Select Issue in Contemporary Theology: God-Is-Dead Theology

Submitted to Dr. Lee Mitchell, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of the course

THEO 510 – B01
Survey of Theology


Kevin Curtis
July 1, 2014

Table of Contents
Introduction/Thesis Statement 1
The French Revolution 2 Immanuel Kant Albrecht Ritschl
Friedrich Nietzsce 3 Bultman Bonhoeffer Van Buren Hamilton Altizer
Conclusion 4
Bibliography 5

Introduction/Thesis Statement

One of the most difficult questions today posed to Christian believers is to prove the existence of God. It
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“In France…Christianity was attacked with almost frenzied violence, there was no question of replacing it with another religion. Passionate and persistent efforts were made to wean men away from the faith of their fathers, but once they had lost it, nothing was supplied to fill the void within…There is no question that the nation-wide discredit of all forms of religious belief which prevailed at the end of the eighteenth century had a preponderant influence on the course of the French Revolution.”[1] While this is just a minor glimpse of the events that were unfolding, the process of dechristianization of Europe was just beginning and more events were certainly to follow. Several of the aspects that gave rise to the revolution were its discontent between monarchy and the authoritarian rule of the Roman Catholic Church in conjunction with the philosophical explosion in human reason and human capacities. Things were now becoming more centered on the abilities of men and reason and less focused on the authority and teachings of God. As Noll quoted, “At last, it seemed, society was being directed toward the good of the whole community instead of toward the private benefit of a tiny elite of kings, nobles and bishops.”[2] While this was the view of the some of the people in the West, seeing this as a moment when the control of Church would finally wane into
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