Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Is God Dead?

In the mid 19th century, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche made a surprising announcement in his work: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft, though it was most popularized by his classic work: Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

What did he announce? Believe it or not...he said that

"God is dead."

I'm not joking. That's what he said, in fact, several times.

He said that God was dead, and that ludicrous and morbid thought slowly sank into the fabric of modern consciousness. In April of 1966, the concept had become so "mainstream" that even famed Time magazine made it their cover story, in stark, red, unforgettable letters.

But, really, c'mon...I mean, God is dead? Though the German philosopher/skeptic did not mean the statement in a literal sense, there are many modern skeptic-wannabees who have taken it much farther than he ever intended. 

It's time to put this silly statement to rest-in-peace (no pun intended...well, mostly not). Let's dissect it and consider the illogical ramifications for these deiciders (God killers).
To be able to accurately pronounce God's death would require a level of intelligence, consciousness, and understanding that transcends the physical universe. In short, to be able to say that God is dead would require a degree and perfection of knowledge that is godlike itself in proportion.

So there we have it---to be able to say that God is dead would require you to actually be God Himself. But wait..uh, oh---Houston, we have a problem.

If God is dead, and it takes God to be able to truly say that, then we are in a paradox. 

Dead persons don't speak, not even dead gods. So then who can reveal the pronouncement of the death of God, except for God Himself, yet it is maintained that He is dead?

(and the loop goes round and round---motion sickness pills, anyone?)

The only place that this concept can exist then, is in the manuscripts of madmen and in the minds of those with an anti-god agenda that can barely be concealed beneath their mantle of divine contempt. 

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