Radical Christian (mostly Prot.) theol. school that arose in the US in the 1960s; holds that belief in God is meaningless or impossible in the modern world and that man's fulfillment is in the secular life of this world. Exponents include Thomas Jonathan Jackson Altizer ([1927 ]; b. Cambridge, Massachusetts; raised in Charleston, West Virginia; educ. St. John's Coll., Annapolis, Maryland, and the U. of Chicago [Illinois]. Taught at Wabash Coll., Crawfordsville, Indiana; Emory U., Atlanta, Georgia; State U. of New York, Stonybrook. Coauthor [with William Hamilton Jr.], Radical Theology and the Death of God. Other works include Oriental Mysticism and Biblical Eschatology; Mircea Eliade and the Dialectic of the Sacred; The New Apocalypse; The Gospel of Christian Atheism; The Descent Into Hell) and William Hamilton Jr. ([1924 ]; b. Evanston, Illinois; educ. Oberlin [Ohio] Coll. and Union Theol. Sem., NYC; ordained Bap. 1948. Taught at Hamilton Coll., Clinton, New York; Colgate Divinity School, Rochester, New York; New Coll., Sarasota, Florida; Portland [Oregon] State U. Coauthor [with T. J. J. Altizer], Radical Theology and the Death of God. Other works include The Christian Man; The New Essence of Christianity; The Modern Reader's Guide to the Gospels; Taking God out of the Dictionary).
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