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The Apocalyptic Trinity

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Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 1-7
  3. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 9-30
  4. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 31-50
  5. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 51-73
  6. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 75-96
  7. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 97-117
  8. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 119-132
  9. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 133-140
  10. Thomas J. J. Altizer
    Pages 141-150
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 151-185

About this book


This book is a major step forward in radical theology via a sustained and creative challenge to conventional and orthodox thinking on the Trinity. Altizer presents a radical rethinking of the apocalyptic trinity and recovers the apocalyptic Jesus of Hegel, Blake, and Nietzsche.


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About the authors

Thomas J. J. Alitizer is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. For 50 years Thomas Altizer has been at the forefront of public and academic debate in theology and the philosophy of religion. The central figure of the so-called 'death of god' debate of the 1960s, Altizer has continued to write on and debate the issues and conditions for theology in modernity, arguing for a Christian atheism that challenges institutional, orthodox Christianity to its core. One of the major American theologians of the twentieth century, Altizer is the 'death-of-god-father' of radical theology and continues to influence new generations of students, scholars and readers in radical theology and continental philosophy internationally.

Bibliographic information


"Having followed Altizer's theology since the late 1970s, I can confidently state that The Apocalyptic Trinity ranks among his very best in terms of erudition, insight, and imagination. This extraordinary work is not only the culmination of his original apocalyptic theology; it also firmly situates his position in the historical trajectory of dogmatic theology. As Altizer makes patently clear, the doctrine of the Trinity is not a biblical teaching, but represents instead a strain of dogmatic ecclesiastical theology at its most abstract and mysterious level. Altizer does not offer an apology for the Trinity; rather, he historically situates and trenchantly critiques this deepest and, as he persuasively argues, most dangerous of dogmas." - Brian Schroeder, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology