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
well, Sir....as I created Mark Twain to say....rumors of my death are premature!
This is old, but here goes:
“God is dead” - Nietzsche
“Nietzsche is dead” - God
I don’t see this guy as any different.
Well Im not consigning someone to hell for writing an article.”
Did I? Consign him to hell, I mean? Do I have that power?
“I dont see this guy as any different.”
We all have our own goggles, my man.
If you look deep within yourself you never what you’re capable of. :-) As my grandmother used to say.
“If you look deep within yourself you never what youre capable of. :-) As my grandmother used to say.”
Wise woman. You should have listened to her.
“heh, heh, ah ... er ... hello, are you Saint Peter? oh, I see ... well, I ... ah ... that is to say ...”
God: Ellison is dead!
Wow what a stupid man now on to the ultimate truth for this cretin.
This article gives this guy way more credit than he is due. I was taking one of the first of quite a few theology courses in college when this was current. It was a theory of a German theologian (whose name escapes me now), and I remember upon hearing it asking my prof if this was merely a philosophical exercise or did the guy really believe it. He said the guy did believe it. In any case, the trendy left wing authors that are mentioned in the article had nothing to to do with the movement except maybe to agree.
For overseeing an article on trendy issues of the day?
No, but...that comeback just writes itself.
If they didn’t know Christ as Savior.
“For overseeing an article on trendy issues of the day?”
These People are exactly what is wrong here Because we never say anything, But this Guy would never say Allah is dead!
Hell is not a destination to be chosen.
Too bad he can’t report it.
That is fair. But my opinion is only presumptuous so far as the implication that I really know someone’s eternal destiny. It is not presumptuous if the implication is that my opinion has any impact on someone’s eternal destiny. That is just crazy talk.
If there is a hell, there is a God who created it. He will not be asking my opinion about who goes there. Even if I am His best bud, he will not be asking me.
It does strike me somewhat ironic that often atheists or agnostics get the most nervous about speculation over whether a dead person is going to hell or not. Like any human’s opinion matters in the least. Do they think that just in case there is a hell, admittance will be based on popularity?
Not really picking on you. I could not tell from your posts where you were really coming from. So replying to you could be way off base. If so, I apologize.
You know the article in question is from 1966 right? And Allah is just the Arabic word for God.
God is deadElson
Elson is deadGod
Yes I am well aware of what the word Allah stands for and what our God and Savior mean.. But here is the 64 K question I do not recall where he rejected past statements and Embraced the Lord God. Or did he die like that other famous Heathen crying out for salvation?
Side note these Lefty's do not defame Allah they are too scared to do that so they instead go for the Christian God where the other cheek will be turned
Now he knows. RIP.
I won’t pass judgement as to whether he’s in Heaven or hell, just a quick prayer for his soul and the hope that he got it right with God before he died.
Editors of magazines like this oversee thousands of articles on various hot button topics of the day. I don’t think they concern themselves with rejecting this one or that one. They probably don’t even buy half of them.
In the end God always wins. He will either show is infinite mercy or his infinite justice.