Terry Eagleton on the death of God

Terry Eagleton on the death of God

That the death of God involves the death of man, along with the birth of a new form of humanity, is orthodox Christian doctrine, a fact of which Nietzsche seems not to have been aware. The incarnation is the place where both God and man undergo a kind of kenosis, or self-humbling, symbolized by the self-dispossession of Christ. Only through this tragic self-emptying can a new humanity hope to emerge. In its solidarity with the outcast and afflicted, the crucifixion is a critique of all hubristic humanism. Only through a confession of loss and failure can the very meaning of power be transfigured in the miracle of resurrection. The death of God is the life of the iconoclast Jesus who shatters the idolatrous view of YHWH as irascible despot and shows him up instead as vulnerable flesh and blood.

from Culture and the Death of God, (Yale Univ.Pr., 2014), ch. 5.

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