The Death of God

The Culture of Our Post-Christian Era

By Gabriel Vahanian

The Death of God

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  • ISBN: 9781606089842
  • Pages: 286
  • Publication Date: 9/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $33.00
Web Price: $26.40
Web Price: $26.40

The Death of God

The Culture of Our Post-Christian Era

By Gabriel Vahanian

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781606089842
  • Pages: 286
  • Publication Date: 9/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $33.00
Web Price: $26.40

About-

"The death of God" began, according to Vahanian, the moment Western man started to compromise with the Biblical concept of God transcendent, and to merge the identity of the Godhead with the identity of humankind. From this compromise evolved the belief in the possibility of heaven on earth, in human perfectibility, in the expectation that man, both individually and collectively, can control his termporal fate.
Today, as a consequence, Western society not only exalts all possible material comforts, but requires as well easy, guaranteed, status-assuring religious affiliations. The present search for "inner security" is in direct opposition to the toleration of doubt that tests the strength of genuine religious faith. And Vahanian shows how our spiritual decline is reflected in much of the most important imaginative writing of today.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"An unhesitating, unflinching analysis of an age which, Vahanian believes, has no concern even to deny God....A cultural analysis of the religious, political, artistic, literary and societal movements of our era."

Paul Ramsey


"The most exciting theological book I have read in many years. In some ways, it is a parallel to Karl Barth's Romerbrief."

Rudolf Bultmann


"Vahanian's message has to do with the 'dishabilitation' of the Christian tradition, with its replacement by bourgeois religiosity and a theology of 'immanentism,' with the desperate effort of Western culture to shake off the 'crippling shakles' of a supernatural piety."

Robert Fitch, New York Times

Contributors-

Gabriel Vahanian

Bio(s)-

Gabriel Vahanian, Professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg, was educated in Paris and Princeton. In 1958 he founded and directed the graduate program in religion at Syracuse University. He was a founding member of the first board of directors of the American Academy of religion. In 1981-82 he served on the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research. His latest book is Praise of the Secular.

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