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In his 1995 encyclical letter The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), Pope John Paul II sounded an alarm. In the midst of a culture that congratulates itself on being enlightened and progressive on matters of human rights, he said, we are very much in danger of giving in to a "culture of death." Modern debates on abortion and euthanasia are a symptom and leading edge of something more profound and insidious -- an entire view of the world that will lead us to forsake our ideals of human dignity and equality and "revert to a state of barbarism" (EV 14).

Culture and the death of God

The Human Embryo Research Panel, for example, endorsed a theory proposed by one of its own members, ethicist Ronald Green of Dartmouth College. Green favors what he calls (in the title of one of his articles) "a Copernican revolution in our thinking about life's beginning and life's end." It is time to realize, he says, that there is nothing "out there" to answer life-and-death questions for us. In short, there is nothing inherent in any human being that requires us to respect him or her as a person. Any decision to recognize a human being's rights as a "person" is a social convention, based on a enlightened self-interest: By denying "personhood" to this being so it can be subjected to deadly experiments, can we benefit people like ourselves without undermining society's willingness to view us as "persons"?

Perhaps not. For if autonomy is really the issue, why do we not respect every suicidal person's wish for death? Regardless of health condition or life expectancy, there are always people who wish to die, for reasons that seem compelling to them. Many of these people undergo great suffering -- suffering that is comparable to the pain of terminal illness, may afflict them for a much longer time, and is less amenable to treatment by drugs like morphine. Most of them are clinically depressed -- but then, so are most suicidal people with terminal illness. Why continue to insist on suicide prevention for all these other people, as "right to die" groups do, while offering suicide assistance to the terminally ill?

Ms. Girsh has already broached the subject of nonvoluntary euthanasia for patients who never requested death, suggesting the need for a "judicial determination" as to "when it is necessary to hasten the death of ... a demented parent, a suffering, severely disabled spouse or a child." And the Hemlock Society continues to hail the Netherlands as a model for humane euthanasia policy-- long after the Dutch government's own study showed that thousands of Dutch citizens have been killed by their doctors without ever requesting death.

This seems contradictory. In a campaign devoted to Aautonomy,@ why has the slide from voluntary to nonvoluntary euthanasia been so effortless? Perhaps because, if you truly think it is autonomy that gives life meaning, you will find no meaning in the lives of people who -- due to age, dementia or disability -- have little autonomy to exercise. The people who are in no position to ask for death become the people you think need it the most.

Harmful theories about life and death can be rebutted with facts and arguments. An entire culture of death can only be defeated by a richer and more compelling culture of love. A culture that rejoices in life, that seeks it out in its most vulnerable and dependent forms so we may provide our care where it is most needed.

In the end, facts and arguments alone will not save us from a culture of death -- though God knows we need those as well. What will save us is love -- a love that is our dim reflection of the infinite love that brought us all into being. As we step forward, with some trepidation, into a new Millennium, our recognition of the divine may be the only force strong enough to rescue the very idea of human worth and human rights. We need nothing less than a Gospel of life.

Once the entire batch is ironed up, the death god takes them elsewhere to be judged. This process is kind of like a machine that separates the good eggs from the bad. Those who enjoyed sinful lives are cast into a torturous realm called Tartarus, while the good guys are dropped off in the Elysium Fields where they can be blissful forever.

Her outfit could get her arrested in the real world, but, surprisingly, Kali does have a good side. In mythology, she used her violent nature to save innocents from suffering an ugly death, and on several occasions, she also protected the world against demons.

Mythology often describes Anubis acting like a bodyguard for Osiris, and that he was quick to use his physical prowess to put down any attackers. In this sense, he not only oversaw matters related to death, but he was also a god of justice and protection.

But being killed by Ah Puch was just the start. Once he grabbed a human soul, he would burn them until they screamed in agony. And, just to prolong the torture, he would snuff the fire with water before torching them again. This would go on until the soul was completely destroyed. A total death. He sounds like a fun guy.

Indeed, the Aztecs themselves never tried the staircase to heaven. There was no such thing for them. They believed that, after death, everyone descended into the underworld. At the end of a four-year journey, their fate was extinction in the ninth and deepest layer called Mictlan.

Jana Louise Smit, "10 Gods of Death and the Underworld From Around the World", History Cooperative, April 22, 2020, -gods-of-death/. Accessed April 2, 20232. To link to this article in the text of an online publication, please use this URL: -gods-of-death/3. If your web page requires an HTML link, please insert this code:10 Gods of Death and the Underworld From Around the World

Death of God theology was the generic title given to a movement in American theology during the 1960s. Although there were echoes of the death of God theme in the writings of Jewish theologians, especially Richard L. Rubenstein, and Catholic thinkers were influenced by it, the death of God movement remained a primarily Protestant one.

Notion of God and Christianity. Reflecting on Martin luther's famous phrase, "God is dead," which Friedrich nietzsche had transformed into a striking expression of modern man's total rejection of Christianity, the death of God theologians endeavored to elucidate the theological significance of the precipitous decline of religious faith and practice in contemporary society. They were agreed that this startling decline should not be treated simply as a problem in pastoral sociology. The widespread rejection of traditional religion, which is one of the marks of modern society, cannot be attributed solely to social and cultural changes. Contemporary science and philosophy have exposed fundamental deficiencies in the notion of God proposed by traditional theology that have rendered the traditional God meaningless to men whose minds have been formed by contemporary culture. Consequently, unless these deficiencies are removed by a radical revision of our notion of God, God will continue to be meaningless to modern man.

Hamilton. Despite these common characteristics, the death of God theologians remained too diverse in their philosophical and theological thinking to create a clearly definable theological school. Indeed, William hamilton, one of the more radical among them, preferred to use the method of shorter essays, "theological fragments," to express his thought rather than work out a consistent large-scale synthesis. Writing in a highly autobiographical style, Hamilton described the lack of faith that besets even the theologian today. The immensity of human suffering in the world today has destroyed man's faith in the providential God who watched over man and cared for his needs. The collapse of metaphysics has eroded modern man's belief in the God of paradise whose enjoyment alone could satisfy the inborn drive of the human spirit. Since the strictly immanent intelligibility of the contemporary scientific world excludes any knowledge of a transcendent divine nature, and there is no void in the human soul that calls for God to fill it, not even the theologian today can maintain any interest in dogmatic statements about God. Therefore the time has now come for contemporary Christians to radicalize the movement initiated by the Protestant Reformers. All Christians, including the theologians, must leave the Church and move out into the world. They must give up their concern for personal supernatural salvation and abandon their preoccupation with rites and dogmatic statements. Instead, they must devote themselves wholeheartedly to the contemporary struggle for the improvement of man, stirred on in their new intraworldly religious work by the inspiring example of Christ.

Van Buren was the most philosophically unified and coherent of the death of God theologians. His Secular Meaning of the Gospel was a consistent application to the New Testament of a rather narrow logical empiricism. Van Buren's consistency, however, was also his weakness. The narrowness of logical empiricism, especially in relation to the verification principle, has been severely criticized by other linguistic philosophers. Many of the criticisms leveled against logical empiricism can also be leveled against van Buren's theology, which is largely dependent on it.

Altizer. Thomas J. J. Altizer approached the death of God in a much more metaphysical and theological manner than either Hamilton or van Buren. He agreed with them that the widespread rejection of traditional Christianity is a social fact. He also saw in it a challenge to Christians to revise radically their notion of God and embrace a secular Christianity characterized by its strong affirmation of the value of worldly reality. Altizer, however, did not regard the decline in religious faith as the result of epistemological and cosmological advances that had undermined the credibility of the traditional conception of God. He saw it rather as the reflection in human society of a progressive ontological change that is taking place within God Himself. The death of God, the effect of which has now become visible in modern society, is the ontological process of God's kenosis. God "emptied Himself" ontologically when His Word became flesh in Christ. The Incarnation marks the inception of an ongoing metaphysical identification of God with the finite universe. This self-identification of God with His finite universe is an irreversible movement of God into the world. For, through the "self-emptying" of the Incarnation, God definitively abandoned His state of isolated transcendence in order to unite Himself inseparably with the temporal process of His worldly creation. Since this progressive identification of God with His creation is the true meaning of the Incarnation, the Christian's fidelity to the Incarnation does not mean that the Christian must define his faith in the traditional way by looking back upon the life, death, and Resurrection of Christ as past events that have left the transcendent God fundamentally unchanged. On the contrary, fidelity to the Incarnation means that the Christian must identify himself with the God who has united Himself through His Incarnate Word with the evolutionary process of creation and human society. 041b061a72


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