Skip to comments.John T. Elson, Editor Who Asked ‘Is God Dead?’ at Time, Dies at 78
Posted on 09/18/2009 2:25:16 PM PDT by Borges
All journalists want to write a story that makes a big splash. John T. Elson, the religion editor at Time magazine, was no exception. But in 1966 he got more than he bargained for.
For more than a year, Mr. Elson had labored over an article examining radical new approaches to thinking about God that were gaining currency in seminaries and universities and spilling over to the public at large.
When finally completed, it became the cover story for the issue of April 8, as Easter and Passover approached. The cover itself was eye-catching, the first one in Times 43-year history to appear without a photograph or an illustration. Giant blood-red letters against a black background spelled out the question Is God Dead?
The issue caused an uproar, equaled only by John Lennons offhand remark, published in a magazine for teenagers a few months later, that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. The Is God Dead? issue gave Time its biggest newsstand sales in more than 20 years and elicited 3,500 letters to the editor, the most in its history to that point. It remains a signpost of the 1960s, testimony to the wrenching social changes transforming the United States.
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Now he knows.
I guess he got the answer to his question.
Well we sure know the answer to “Is John T. Elson dead?”
I’ll bet he crapped a brick when he heard God was alive and well and that he instructed that “God is Dead” boy will be bunking with Ded Kennedy...
I wonder if hell is hot? Think he might write a story about it? ;-)
Man I hate to be in his shoes right about now.
“A little overzealous?”
Hope he packed some asbestos undies.
“Well I’m not consigning someone to hell for writing an article. Is John Lennon in Hell? Nietzsche?”
I dunno...do you?
Nietzsche is pietzsche.
I have no idea and think it’s presumptuous to guess.
He sold a lot of magazines. That was his job. RIP.
If he’s where I think he might be, he can write an article about the reality of Underground Warming, a corollary of Global Warming.
“I have no idea and think its presumptuous to guess.”
I think so too...those two boys are on the guessed list.
“God is dead”—Elson “Elson is dead”—God
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