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The Death of God An Investigation into the History of the Western Concept of God by Frederiek Depoortere

The Death of God An Investigation into the History of the Western Concept of God


The Death of God An Investigation into the History of the Western Concept of God by Frederiek Depoortere

While for the largest part of its history humankind has experienced its daily life in the 'here and now' in terms of a more fundamental, transcendent realm, a significant group of Westerners, in contrast, is living life without any reference to such a transcendent realm. From a Christian perspective, this situation is complicated by the fact that this loss of transcendence occurred in the Christian West. This raises the question of the relation between Christianity and secularization.How did the idea of the Death of God come about, where were its origins? Frederiek Depoortere presents a fascinating investigation into the history of the concept of God through Greek philosophy, Mediaeval theology, the Reformation to Early Modern philosophy. He proves that the roots of modern secularism can be traced back to the epistemology of the first metaphysicians of Greek philosophy and the Christian theologians, who developed their concepts further.


It seems to me that the author presents a fascinating and clearly developed account of how it was that philosophy in the West came to a place where the concept of God was considered to be redundant. I am sure there are many who will be engaged, enlightened and encouraged to think further by this serious study as it grapples with the relation of Greek philosophy to Christian belief in the history of Western thought. Alan Spence

About the Author

Frederiek Depoortere, PhD studied Religious Studied and Theology at the Faculty of Theology of the KU, Leuven, Belgium, where he is a Research Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders. He is a member of the Research Group 'Theology in a Post-modern Context'.

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Publication date

28th February 2008


Frederiek Depoortere

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


240 pages





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