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Living the Death of God: A Theological Memoir

Living the Death of God: A Theological Memoir

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  • ISBN-13: 9780791467589
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Release Date: May 25, 2006
  • Pages: 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.53 x 9.00 x 6.00 inches


The eminent death-of-God theologian traces his lifelong search for a theory that is contemporary yet biblical.

Theologian Thomas J. J. Altizer became both famous and infamous as the chief spokesman for death-of-God theology in the 1960s. In the years that followed, he has created a theological tradition that has influenced all succeeding generations of theologians. Living the Death of God is Altizer’s theological memoir. Taking us from his transformation as a theological student to his present life of solitude, Altizer recapitulates the voyage to create a truly new theology. The memoir recounts each stage of this voyage, from being overwhelmed by Satan to a conversion to the death of God and an extensive and even ecstatic preaching of the death of God. However, this is the death of that God who is the wholly alienated God, a death realizing anew the crucified God or the apocalyptic Christ.

Written with Altizer’s characteristic elegance, this book is fascinating on its own account, but can also serve the reader as a companion or introduction to Altizer’s body of work.

“Altizer’s legacy is his vision of a Creator of pure action—the still-evolving source of all—everything. Living the Death of God is an extended meditation on the implications of this Creator for the created, and it is at once a liberating and terrifying hypothesis.” — Studies in Religion

“…deeply theological in a profound and daring sense.” — Religious Studies Review

“I like that Altizer has put so much of himself into the text. We readers are privileged to suffer the profound personal meaning of his theological voyage, through his sickness unto death and his ecstatic joy. Truly, he gives us access to the lived depth of his unparalleled and unique theological vocation. I could not put this book down and it haunted my imagination and thoughts. What a gift from a great man!” — David E. Klemm, coeditor of Figuring the Self: Subject, Absolute, and Others in Classical German Philosophy

“Thomas J. J. Altizer has achieved that which he has long sought—to render his highly sophisticated thinking accessible to a general reading audience.” — Brian Schroeder, coeditor of Thinking through the Death of God: A Critical Companion to Thomas J. J. Altizer

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