Resurrecting the Death of God

The Origins, Influence, and Return of Radical Theology

Edited by Daniel J. Peterson & G. Michael Zbaraschuk
Afterword by Thomas J. J. Altizer

Subjects: Religion, Theology, Christianity, American Religion
Paperback : 9781438450469, 218 pages, January 2015
Hardcover : 9781438450452, 218 pages, May 2014

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Table of contents

Editor’s Acknowledgments
Introduction: Resurrecting the Death of God
Daniel J. Peterson
I. The Modern Death of God: Origins and Influence
1. The Death of God Revisited: Implications for Today
Rosemary Radford Ruether
2. Is God Dead? Some Aftereffects and Aftershocks of the Holocaust
John K. Roth
3. Altizer: The Religious Theologian, Then and Now
John B. Cobb Jr.
4. God Is Still Dead: Retrieving the Lost Legacy of William Hamilton
G. Michael Zbaraschuk
5. Holocaust, Mysticism, and Liberation after the Death of God: The Significance of Dorothee Soelle
Sarah K. Pinnock
II. The Second Coming of Radical Theology
6. The Death of God and the Politics of Democracy
Jeffrey W. Robbins
7. Extraordinary Ecclesiology: Radical Theology in Practice
Christopher Demuth Rodkey

8. The Death of God, Death, and Resurrection
Clayton Crockett
9. Becoming
Andrew W. Hass
10. Twilight of an Axial God
Lissa McCullough
Thomas J. J. Altizer

Considers the legacy and future of radical theology.


In 1966, an infamous Time magazine cover asked "Is God Dead?" and brought the ideas of theologians William Hamilton and Thomas J. J. Altizer to the wider public. In the years that followed, both men suffered professionally and there was no notable increase to the small number of thinkers considered death of God theologians. Meanwhile, Christian fundamentalism staged a striking comeback in the United States. Yet, death of God, or radical, theology has had an ongoing influence on contemporary theology and philosophy. Contributors to this book explore the origins, influence, and legacy of radical theology and go on to take it in new directions. In a time when fundamentalism is the greatest religious temptation, this volume makes the case for the necessity of resurrecting the death of God.

Daniel J. Peterson is an Instructor at Seattle University and the author of Tillich: A Brief Overview of the Life and Writings of Paul Tillich. G. Michael Zbaraschuk is Assistant Professor of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University.


"This work makes a significant contribution to death of God literature and provides a fresh approach to understanding radical theology." — CHOICE

"Resurrecting the Death of God shows why Altizer continues to ride the stream of contemporary conversations in academic theology and continental philosophy without ever losing his luster." — Carl A. Raschke, author of Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory: Toward a Semiotics of the Event