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By Hug Rayment-Pickard

ISBN-10: 0232528136

ISBN-13: 9780232528138

In fifty extraordinary brief essays one of many UK's liveliest younger writers on faith introduces the major topics, hobbies and thinkers in theology. George Pattison, Professor of Divinity on the college of Oxford says: 'Hugh Rayment-Pickard is without doubt one of the clearest thinkers at the British theological scene, and 50 Key techniques in Theology opens the door to theology for college students and normal readers alike. He has provided a legitimate consultant for the puzzled and a stimulus to argument among the interested.'

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The idea of ‘the death of God’ started to gain a new relevance when the nineteenth-century philosopher Hegel put the concept at the centre of his theology. He argued that the death of God was ‘the negation of negation’: a necessary and decisive step in the history of the world. Hegel believed that God had to die as an historical figure in order to become real as an eternal idea of perfect human society. The death of God as a human being opens up the age of God as Spirit. In other words, God’s death permits him to become more universal: incarnate in the whole of human society and not merely in one individual.

We see evidence of this expectation when both John the Baptist and Jesus are asked whether they are the Christ. But Jesus spoke evasively about himself as the Christ and discouraged his disciples from talking too openly about it. Jesus most commonly refers to himself as ‘the Son of Man’, an ambiguous title which may refer back to a messianic phrase in the book of Daniel, but is not obviously christological. The disciples appear to have treated Jesus as the Christ, referring to him not only as ‘Lord’ (kyrios) but as ‘the Lord’.

In one sense, the idea of the death of God is intensely biblical and orthodox. In the passion narratives we hear how God, in the form of Jesus, died on the cross. The body laid in the tomb is God’s corpse. Orthodox theology has always insisted upon the indivisibility of God, which makes it difficult to argue that only Jesus died on the cross. The death of Jesus is the death of God – although, of course, the story continues to tell of God’s resurrection. The death of God on the cross is one of the most extraordinary and radical features of Christian theology.

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