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God is Dead Writer Illustration

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In his novel, The Gay Science, Friedrich Nietzsche famously states that God is dead. Passages 108 (New battles), 125 (The madman), 153 (Homo poeta) and 343 (The best way to understand our cheerfulness) all deal with a specific element of the assertion. Passage 108 states that God is dead but that it may be a long time until we admit this. Passage 125 reiterates that God is dead and then goes on to state that we've killed him. Passage 153 reveals homo poeta taking culpable responsibility for the passing of God. Passage 343 addresses the aftermath of the death of God and questions what will change. Through critical analysis and examination of these four passages, while extending upon in-class conversation, a more comprehensive comprehension of the quote is possible. Passage 108, 'New conflicts', says 'God is dead; however given that the way that people are, there can nevertheless for millennia be caves where they show his shadow' In this passage, Nietzsche is saying that God is no longer a transcendent thing; the definition of God has changed within the minds of man to some physical God. Thus, God is becoming present within the Universe. Though this does not explain how God has expired, this is an important argument that lays the foundation for the debate given by the 'madman' in passage 125. Regardless of God's passing, however, Nietzsche says God's followers, may continue to preach gods presence, possibly for a very long time. The idea of God becoming immanent, rather than transcendent, was discussed in some detail in class. In his article 'Immanence and Transcendence', '' Philip Leon defines an immanent God as 'inside the Universe' and defines a transcendent God as 'supra machinam Whatever happens, it is the same; it's no beginning and no ending; it...

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