Death of God Theology

On my way to blogging through a crisis of faith in the traditional Christian God, I listened to the advice of a friend and took a look at the “Death of God” theology of Hamilton and Altizer. Three quotes from the back of the book Radical Theology and the Death of God:

“The aim of the new theology is not simply to seek relevance or contemporaneity for its own sake but to strive for a whole new way of theological understanding.  This it is a theological venture in the strict sense, but it is no less a pastoral response hoping to give support to those who have chosen to live as Christian atheists.”

-William Hamilton and Thomas J.J. Altizer

“My Protestant has no God, has no faith in God, and affirms both the death of God and the death of all the forms of theism.  Even so, he is not primarily a man of negation, for if there is a movement away from God and religion, there is the more important movement into, for, toward the world, worldly life, and the neighbor as the bearer of the worldly Jesus.”

-William Hamilton

“A theology that chooses to meet our time, a theology that accepts the destiny of history, must first assess the theological significance of the death of God.  We must realize that the death of God is an historical event, that God has died in our cosmos, in our history, in our Existenz.”

-Thomas J.J. Altizer

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I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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