Is God dead? Or perhaps just hiding?

Carl McColman and Thomas J. J. Altizer, December 6, 2011

Today I had an unexpected treat — theologian Thomas J. J. Altizer, renowned (some would say notorious) in the 1960s because of his association with the “Death of God” controversy, visited the monastery and stopped by the Abbey Store. Although I can’t claim to be that well read in regard to his work, I do have a sense that his notion of “Christian atheism” may have many points of connection with my notion of “holy agnosis” and, of course, the apophatic tradition within Christian mysticism. Anyway, it was an honor to meet him — he’s quite a charming and affable fellow.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Lauren

    I wonder if you have read the books of Peter Rollins?

  • Michael Kennedy

    At times I wish the propnents of God is Dead every success. The God they say is dead never lived

  • Laurie

    awesome Carl. I’m brand new here. I just read Insurrection, loved it.
    Michael, well said. I have stepped off the horizon of religion
    into a more living faith. This faith is very dark and pierced by everything
    that is not-god in myself and in the world. Sometimes I’ve overwhelmed by
    not-god. This feeling (for years) of total abandonment has led me
    into an increasingly naked trust in love. It’s good to be here in the dark in love.
    — Laurie

  • Merridy Galloway

    Is there anything on the west coast,California?

  • phil foster

    Carl – This so takes me back. I’m envious of your meeting Altizer. He is one of the reasons I went to Candler at Emory, as he was a Professor in the Religion Department in 1972. Alas, before I arrived that summer he took a position a SUNY, I believe. His work influenced the label a few of us seminarians used to describe ourselves at the time: reverent agnostics. Still applies. Peace.