Fino Alla Morte… (Fil 2, 8). Come la ‘Morte di Dio’ Rende intellegibile Vivere la Fede

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The well-known Nietzsche’s statement about the death of God risks, nowadays, to become a common place whose deeply sense is difficult to grasp. Nevertheless, the event the German philosopher proclaimed – that is, a world and a culture without God – starts to have place in the contemporary Western societies, called post-modern. As Joseph Ratzinger argues, the contemporary societies seem to be organized more and more as if God did not exist. In this context, I will show how this event could be an opportunity for Christianity be lived in a more authentic way. First, I will analyse Nietzsche’s affirmation Gott ist tot in the complexity of his work. Then, I will compare Nietzsche’s death of God with Bonhoeffer’s concepts of a Christian atheism and a Christianity in an adult world, highlighting similarities and differences between them. At the end, I will try to argue that the bonhoefferian proposal is more intelligible if one attempts to reach the modern ideal of authenticity, following some arguments contained in Charles Taylor’s work.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)211-227
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult world
  • Authenticity ideal
  • Christianity without religion
  • Death of God

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