Sam Keen on the Death of God
The first shock wave created by the recent use of the metaphor "the death of God"
is beginning to subside. The religiously secure were briefly irritated because it
was Christian theologians rather than atheists who were daring to use
such irreverent language. But the reassurances that all was well in the world of
religion began to appear. ...
Religious language and institutions might be in need of renewal, but God remained
alive and in good health. Nor did the death-of-God theology seem to have any more
profound and lasting effect upon the nonreligious community. The silent
atheism of our culture, which is hidden under the pragmatic axiom which
exclude all ultimate concerns from the arena of decision-making, took no notice
of the supposed withdrawal of the Absolute. ...
Belief or disbelief in God involves a whole hierarchy of ideas, attitudes, and
feelings about nature, history, and the manner in which one aspires and acts
within human community. Both theism and atheism are long-range, radical
commitments. As Sartre pointed out, it is not possible, without bad faith,
merely to cross out the word "God" and go on existing within a theistic world of
feeling and action. 83-5
Sam Keen, To a dancing God (Harper & Row: NY 1970)