Death Of God Movement And The Holocaust

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The Death of God theologians represented one of the most influential religious movements that emerged of the 1960s, a decade in which the discipline of theology underwent revolutionary change. Although they were from different traditions, utilized varied methods of analysis, and focused on culture in distinctive ways, the four religious thinkers who sparked radical theology—Thomas Altizer, William Hamilton, Richard Rubenstein, and Paul Van Buren—all considered the Holocaust as one of the main challenges to the ...

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Overview

The Death of God theologians represented one of the most influential religious movements that emerged of the 1960s, a decade in which the discipline of theology underwent revolutionary change. Although they were from different traditions, utilized varied methods of analysis, and focused on culture in distinctive ways, the four religious thinkers who sparked radical theology—Thomas Altizer, William Hamilton, Richard Rubenstein, and Paul Van Buren—all considered the Holocaust as one of the main challenges to the Christian faith. Thirty years later, a symposium organized by the American Academy of Religion revisited the Death of God movement by asking these four radical theologians to reflect on how awareness of the Holocaust affected their thinking, not only in the 1960s but also in the 1990s. This edited volume brings together their essays, along with responses by other noted scholars who offer critical commentary on the movement's impact, legacy, and relationship to the Holocaust.

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In the 1960s, four religious thinkers from the US<-->Thomas Altizer, William Hamilton, Richard Rubinstein, and Paul van Buren<-- >intensified Friedrich Nietzsche's 19th-century claim that "God is dead," causing a stir in Christian and Jewish circles alike. This book contains their 1966 article, "Toward a Hidden God" (originally published in ); and papers from a 1996 symposium, including reflections by each of the four theologians on the ways in which awareness of the Holocaust affected their thinking, and responses to their presentations by other noted scholars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

STEPHEN R. HAYNES is Albert B. Curry Chair of Religious Studies at Rhodes College, where he has taught since 1989.

JOHN K. ROTH is the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, where he has taught since 1966.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Holocaust and the Death of God - Encounter or Reencounter?
Pt. 1 The Death of God Movement Is Born
1 Toward a Hidden God 3
Pt. 2 The Death of God and the Holocaust - Reconsidering the Encounter
Practitioners
2 The Holocaust and the Theology of the Death of God 17
3 Genocide and the Death of God 25
4 From the Secular to the Scriptural Gospel 35
5 Radical Theology and the Holocaust 43
Respondents
6 After the Holocaust: The Death of God and the Profaning of Texts 57
7 The Holocaust and the Death of God: A Response to Altizer, Hamilton, and Rubenstein 63
8 The Holocaust, Genocide, and Radical Theology: An Assessment of the Death of God Movement 69
Pt. 3 The Death of God and the Holocaust - Analyzing the Encounter
9 The Death of God Movement and Twentieth-Century Protestant Theology 79
10 The Death of God: An African-American Perspective 91
11 The Death of History and the Life of Akeda: Voices from the War 99
12 Christians and Pharisees: Jewish Responses to Radical Theology 111
Epilogue 131
Bibliography 135
Index 143
About the Editors and Contributors 149
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