The built-in obsolescence of contemporary theological movements seems to have overtaken the so-called ""death of God"" or...
THE THEOLOGY OF ALTIZER: Critique and Response
by ‧RELEASE DATE: Oct. 19, 1970
The built-in obsolescence of contemporary theological movements seems to have overtaken the so-called ""death of God"" or ""radical"" theology. This volume attempts to rehabilitate and give positive value to the theology of one of the chief fabricators of the ""death of God"" movement, Thomas Altizer. While recognizing the destructive impact of Altizer's negative position toward traditional Christian doctrine, the book directs attention to what may be his positive contribution. Chapters by the contributors deal with Altizer's relation to Protestant, to Catholic, and to Jewish theology, and to various alternative positions. Although appreciative of Altizer's work, most of the contributors find important points of difference from his system. Among the common criticisms, a recurring point is Altizer's misreading of the intention of his primary sources, from Hegel to Mircea Eliades. The book may serve its purpose of bringing into focus the more positive aspects of Altizer's thought. It does not appear to support the editor's view of Altizer as ""the most original and creative American theologian of the past few years."" The argument in most of the chapters is rather highly technical, in theological terms, and the book will be limited in readership to those competent to follow such a discussion as well as those who have an interest in it.