God's Funeral

God's Funeral

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Baker & Taylor
A magisterial, colorful narrative illuminates the central tragedy of the nineteenth century--that God, or rather man's faith in God, died, but the need to worship remained as a torment to those who thought they had buried Him. Tour.

Norton Pub
A magisterial, colorful narrative illuminating the central tragedy of the nineteenth century: that God (or man's faith in him) died, but the need to worship remained as a torment to those who thought they had buried Him. By the end of the nineteenth century, almost all the great writers, artists, and intellectuals had abandoned Christianity, and many abandoned belief in God altogether. This was partly the result of scientific discovery, particularly the work of Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species. (No reader here will soon forget the venomous Oxford debate between Thomas Huxley, brilliant defender of Darwin, and Bishop Wilberforce in 1860.) But as Wilson demonstrates in such fascinatingly diverse lives as those of Gibbon, Kant, Marx, Carlyle, George Eliot, and Sigmund Freud, the doubt about religion had many sources. By 1900, the Church of England, so vastly rich, so politically and socially powerful, could be pronounced spiritually empty, however full its pews might be on a Sunday. Echoes of the "Death of God" could be found practically everywhere: in the revolutionary politics of Garibaldi and Lenin; in the poetry of Tennyson and the novels of Hardy; in the work of Freud, connecting this "death" to our deepest wishes; and in the decline of hierarchical (male) authority and the first stirrings of feminism. Wilson's exquisitely detailed argument reveals the growth of a new imaginative order of unbelief that supplanted organized religion, and left in its wake a devastating sense of loss extending to our own times.

Book News
Claiming no authority in science, philosophy, or theology, London-based novelist, biographer, and journalist Wilson explores how people a century ago used all three to announce the death of god as portrayed in traditional Christianity. The personalities draw most of his attention, and what they perceived and believed and what they did about it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

A narrative examining faith in the western world illuminates the central tragedy of the nineteenth century--that God, or rather man's faith in God, died, but the need to worship remained as a torment to those who thought they had buried Him

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1999
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393047455
0393047458
Branch Call Number: 200.94 WIL
Characteristics: xi, 402 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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