William Hamilton, Death of God Theologian, dies

April 8, 1966, cover of Time magazine
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William Hamilton was a tenured professor of church history at a small divinity school in Rochester in April 1966 when Time magazine created a sensation with a cover article featuring some of the ideas he had been writing about for years in journals read mainly by ministers and theologians….

….But the article was basically accurate about his views. He believed that the concept of God had run its course in human history. Civilization now operated according to secular principles. And churches should, too, by helping people learn to care for one another unconditionally, without illusions about heavenly rewards.

via William Hamilton, Known for ‘Death of God’ Idea, Dies at 87 – NYTimes.com.

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2 Replies to “William Hamilton, Death of God Theologian, dies”

  1. I have often wondered if I would serve God if there was no heaven. I would like to say, “sure”. I try to love and serve people because it is what God and it is good and not because I will get a reward. However, I really have a hard time believing that churches and Christianity would exist if there was no heaven.

    1. Nate, Judaism did. Remember, afterlife rewards didn’t really developed until the Jews got back from Persia.

      But, I know what you mean. I think that God has revealed, through the simple creation, that we will not cease to exist once we die. Through Christ, we know more now.

      I once had a rabbi tell me the reason that he didn’t believe in the after-life. He said that he didn’t know anyone who had died and come back.

      Boom. We do. Boom

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