The Death of God: The Culture of Our Post-Christian Era

The Death of God: The Culture of Our Post-Christian Era

The Death of God: The Culture of Our Post-Christian Era

The Death of God: The Culture of Our Post-Christian Era

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Ours is the first attempt in recorded history to build a culture upon the premise that God is dead. The period post mortem Dei divides into two distinct eras, roughly at some point between the World Wars. Until that time, the cultural death of God meant something anti-Christian; after it and until now, the death of God means something entirely post-Christian. The author of this book writes mainly about the latter, and this is his distinct contribution to the analysis of present-day culture. This preface undertakes to speak mainly of the former as background for an understanding of post-Christian culture and the death of God in the second sense.

To speak of "the death of God" in its anti-Christian meaning is to invoke at once the name of Friedrich Nietzsche, that great genius in pain finally made mad by his perception into the inner meaning of Western culture. With him, still, we have to ask about the death of God.

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