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Encyclopedia > Gabriel Vahanian

Gabriel Vahanian (born 1927) is a theologian who is most remembered for his pioneering work in the theology of the death of God. Theology is literally rational discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, rational discourse). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. ... Time Magazine, April 8, 1966 God is dead (German: Gott ist tot) is a widely quoted phrase by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). ...

Vahanian received his B.A. in 1945 from the Lycee of Valence in France, his Master's Degree in Theology in 1950 from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in 1958 also from Princeton Theological. His dissertation was entitled "Protestantism and the Arts." The steeple of Alexander Hall Princeton Theological Seminary is a theological seminary located in Princeton Township, New Jersey in the United States. ...

Vahanian was a founding member of the first board of directors of the American Academy of Religion. He is professor emeritus of cultural theology at the Université Marc Bloch (Strasbourg). Before returning to France, he spent 26 years as a Professor of Religion at Syracuse University where he founded and was the first director of graduate studies in religion. He has contributed articles on wide ranging topics to journals and magazines such as The Nation or The Christian Century and Réforme or Foi et Vie and the Biblioteca dell'Archivio di filosofia. He was the recepient of the ACLS and served as a consuslting member of the Presidental Commission on biomedical ethics. He has lectured throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The American Academy of Religion is the worlds largest association of scholars in the field of religion and related topics. ...

In 2005, he was invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual convention of the Association of Christian Studies, where he lectured on “A Secular Christ: Against the Religious Parochialism of East and West” (forthcoming). His first book, entitled The Death of God: The Culture of our Post-Christian Era (1961), was hailed by Rudolf Bultmann as a landmark of theological criticism. His more recent publications include Anonymous God (2003), Tillich and the New Religious Paradigm (2005), and the forthcoming In Praise of the Secular.



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