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God Is Dead Theology
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David Hume’s formulation and defense of empiricist nontheism in Dialogues concerning Natural Religion (1779) initiated the modern effort to write God’s death certificate. Derived mostly from philosophical, sociological, political, scientific, and literary contexts, such writings have contributed significantly to the texture of the last 200 years of theological history. They have contained protests and refinements to doctrines of God as Necessary Being, Transcendent Mystery, and even “acting in history.” In the two centuries following the Enlightenment, God is not seen …

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Hjelm, Ralph, “God Is Dead Theology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G165>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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