Chapter

The Death of God

Paul S. Fiddes

in The Creative Suffering of God

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263470
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263470.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Death of God

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This chapter discusses the ‘death of God’ theology, a dramatic way of speaking about a general consciousness of a loss of a sense of God. The first section asks whether God is necessary. The second section discusses the death of God as losing an image. The third section attempts to affirm the non-existence of God. The fourth section deals with facing the absence of God. The fifth section examines the death of God as the mode of his presence. The sixth section asks how God can suffer death. The last section reflects on the death of god as a breaking of relationships. The ‘death of God’ theologians note that it no longer appears evident that god is the necessary explanation for the world as it is. It is no longer an obvious assumption that God must be the cause of events.

Keywords: God's necessity; God's death; non-existence; absence

Chapter.  15725 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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