Gabriel Vahanian as a Radical Religious Thinker
Keywords:radical religious thinking, radical theology, Death of God theology, secularism, transcendent, immanent, secular theology, neo-orthodoxy, post-Christian era
This article examines comparative analysis of the most deep-seated form of the radical religious thinking in the Western Civilization, that is, the views of radical or the Death-of-God theologians – Gabriel Vahanian, Thomas Altizer, William Hamilton, Paul van Buren and Harvey Cox. All of the representatives of this theological or religious-philosophical stream are radical religious thinkers who have focused on a number of fundamental issues related to Christian religion which have formulated the thematic commonalities in their problematic. However, the differences have come forth from the interpretation of these issues as they have viewed the same phenomenon from different aspects. These fundamental issues can be united around the following ideas: issues of relations between the idea of and reality of God, transcenddent-immanent, theology-Christology and religious-secular which have posed a challenge to the institutional Christianity as well as become a serious hindrance between the latter and a contemporary secular human being and the society.
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