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Friedrich Nietzsche

When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead,” he added this question: “What kind of a sponge does it take to wipe away a whole horizon?” I often ask that question because just in my own lifetime there has been an unprecedented decline in the number of people who go to church regularly and, more […] Read More

Happiness is central to historical Christian faith and practice. But what does it look like and how should it be experienced? There are at least three common headings under which joy or happiness are often considered: 1. The experience of pleasures or delights, whether carnal or intellectual, aesthetic or appetitive. 2. “Eudaimonia,” the term Aristotle […] Read More

I have often enjoyed reading social critics, as diverse as Leo Tolstoy and Reinhold Niebuhr, and even one of the greatest of modern haters of Christians, Friedrich Nietzsche, whom I first started reading as an undergraduate many years ago. There is a discomfiting ring of truth in Nietzsche’s insistence that Christianity appears to be a […] Read More

God is Dead?

Friedrich Nietzsche’s statement God is dead (German: “Gott ist tot”), has had many interpretations and offshoots in the century since first suggested. From the theologian and academic evolved all sorts of theories from the demise of God, and things godly, to the ideas that God never existed in the first place. The death of God […] Read More

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) made the scandalous proclamation that “God is dead” in one of his well-known works, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (1882). The church’s initial reaction was to condemn him and his brand of philosophy. But what Nietzsche actually said was: “Whither is God? … I will tell you. We have killed him–you […] Read More