On Monday, October 17, 2011, a group of students from Claremont Graduate University and Claremont Lincoln University sat down to discuss what Friedrich Nietzsche’s phrase “Gott ist tot” (God is dead) meant for our different philosophical perspectives.
The panel included six people with different backgrounds, worldviews, and responses to the “death-of-God.” The panel was co-sponsored by The Society for Philosophy and Religion at Claremont (SPARC) and the Claremont Journal of Religion (of which the proceedings will be published in its Inaugural Issue set for January 2012, www.claremontjournal.com). What occurred was a stimulating discussion about what “Gott ist tot” means for atheists, Catholics, Evangelicals, and those of other faith traditions.
Of the six panelists, one self-identified as an atheist, another as a liberal Catholic, one as a secular scholar of the Hebrew Bible, and another as an Evangelical Christian (the other two did not choose to deliberately self-identify and many of us discussed the heteronymous nature of the labels we utilize and associate ourselves with). The six perspectives can be summarized as follows:
Many interesting questions were raised by members of the audience, two of which I found very telling: (1) “How does the death-of-God influence the way atheists, Christian fundamentalists, and certain marginal religious groups are viewed by society?” and (2) “Why are religious persons hesitant to admit the faults of themselves and their respective institutions?”
Although the discussion went very well, I think that having other perspectives involved would have enriched the conversation. Even though the panel was lacking in certain areas, it nonetheless provoked interesting questions and responses from the presenters and audience members alike.
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