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John T. Elson, Editor Who Asked ‘Is God Dead?’ at Time, Dies at 78
NY Times ^ | 09/18/09 | WILLIAM GRIMES

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 Time’s 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 Lennon’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: irony; liberalmedia; obituary; timemag

1 posted on 09/18/2009 2:25:17 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

2 posted on 09/18/2009 2:25:30 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Now he knows.


3 posted on 09/18/2009 2:26:08 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: Borges

I guess he got the answer to his question.


4 posted on 09/18/2009 2:26:14 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Borges

Well we sure know the answer to “Is John T. Elson dead?”


5 posted on 09/18/2009 2:26:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Borges

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...


6 posted on 09/18/2009 2:27:49 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in it." - Ted Kennedy (D-HELL)
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To: dfwgator

I wonder if hell is hot? Think he might write a story about it? ;-)


7 posted on 09/18/2009 2:27:52 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Borges

God-1>p>
John Elson-0


8 posted on 09/18/2009 2:28:17 PM PDT by jslade (People that are easily offended OFFEND ME!)
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To: jessduntno
A little overzealous? It was a rhetorical statement meant to comment on a facts...there was indeed a change in religious attitudes in the U.S. at that time.
9 posted on 09/18/2009 2:29:29 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Man I hate to be in his shoes right about now.


10 posted on 09/18/2009 2:29:42 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: Borges

“A little overzealous?”

No...are you?


11 posted on 09/18/2009 2:31:02 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in it." - Ted Kennedy (D-HELL)
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To: jessduntno
Well I'm not consigning someone to hell for writing an article. Is John Lennon in Hell? Nietzsche?
12 posted on 09/18/2009 2:31:55 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Kartographer

Hope he packed some asbestos undies.


13 posted on 09/18/2009 2:32:16 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: Borges

“Well I’m not consigning someone to hell for writing an article. Is John Lennon in Hell? Nietzsche?”

I dunno...do you?


14 posted on 09/18/2009 2:35:43 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in it." - Ted Kennedy (D-HELL)
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To: Borges

Nietzsche is pietzsche.


15 posted on 09/18/2009 2:35:50 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: jessduntno

I have no idea and think it’s presumptuous to guess.


16 posted on 09/18/2009 2:36:56 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

He sold a lot of magazines. That was his job. RIP.


17 posted on 09/18/2009 2:38:35 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Kartographer

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.


18 posted on 09/18/2009 2:39:52 PM PDT by reaganbooster (The democrat party symbol should be the grim reaper instead of the donkey.)
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To: Borges

“I have no idea and think it’s presumptuous to guess.”

I think so too...those two boys are on the guessed list.


19 posted on 09/18/2009 2:39:53 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in it." - Ted Kennedy (D-HELL)
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To: Borges

“God is dead”—Elson “Elson is dead”—God


20 posted on 09/18/2009 2:40:23 PM PDT by RanGreHad
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To: Borges

well, Sir....as I created Mark Twain to say....rumors of my death are premature!


21 posted on 09/18/2009 2:41:21 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Maceman

This is old, but here goes:

“God is dead” - Nietzsche

“Nietzsche is dead” - God


22 posted on 09/18/2009 2:41:24 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are lubricated in pig grease!")
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To: jessduntno

I don’t see this guy as any different.


23 posted on 09/18/2009 2:41:31 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

“Well I’m not consigning someone to hell for writing an article.”

Did I? Consign him to hell, I mean? Do I have that power?


24 posted on 09/18/2009 2:41:44 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in it." - Ted Kennedy (D-HELL)
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To: Borges

“I don’t see this guy as any different.”

We all have our own goggles, my man.


25 posted on 09/18/2009 2:42:27 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in it." - Ted Kennedy (D-HELL)
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To: jessduntno

If you look deep within yourself you never what you’re capable of. :-) As my grandmother used to say.


26 posted on 09/18/2009 2:42:38 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

“If you look deep within yourself you never what you’re capable of. :-) As my grandmother used to say.”

Wise woman. You should have listened to her.


27 posted on 09/18/2009 2:43:41 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in it." - Ted Kennedy (D-HELL)
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To: Borges

“heh, heh, ah ... er ... hello, are you Saint Peter? oh, I see ... well, I ... ah ... that is to say ...”


28 posted on 09/18/2009 2:44:27 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: Borges
Ellison: God is dead!

God: Ellison is dead!

29 posted on 09/18/2009 2:47:57 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Borges
More relevant question-- Is TIME dead? Sure looks it...and who will get the last laugh....?


30 posted on 09/18/2009 2:50:03 PM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: Borges

Wow what a stupid man now on to the ultimate truth for this cretin.


31 posted on 09/18/2009 2:55:04 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Borges

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.


32 posted on 09/18/2009 3:01:05 PM PDT by CaptRon
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To: Cheetahcat

For overseeing an article on trendy issues of the day?


33 posted on 09/18/2009 3:03:36 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
Is God Dead?

No, but...that comeback just writes itself.

34 posted on 09/18/2009 3:03:53 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Borges

If they didn’t know Christ as Savior.


35 posted on 09/18/2009 3:09:13 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Borges

“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!


36 posted on 09/18/2009 3:10:15 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Borges
I pray he learned that God IS. He IS not dead, nor will He ever be.

Hell is not a destination to be chosen.

37 posted on 09/18/2009 3:10:59 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

Too bad he can’t report it.


38 posted on 09/18/2009 3:18:28 PM PDT by graf008 ("My most important function on the Supreme Court is to tell the majority to take a walk." -Scalia)
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To: Borges

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.


39 posted on 09/18/2009 3:40:55 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: Cheetahcat

You know the article in question is from 1966 right? And Allah is just the Arabic word for God.


40 posted on 09/18/2009 4:36:07 PM PDT by Borges
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To: RanGreHad

“God is dead”—Elson
“Elson is dead”—God


LOL


41 posted on 09/18/2009 5:05:46 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Socialism: The sin of envy, masquerading as a political movement.)
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To: Borges
“You know the article in question is from 1966 right? And Allah is just the Arabic word for God.”

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

42 posted on 09/18/2009 5:40:34 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Borges

Now he knows. RIP.


43 posted on 09/18/2009 5:40:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Borges

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.


44 posted on 09/18/2009 5:45:57 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Welcome to the Revolution.)
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To: Cheetahcat

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.


45 posted on 09/18/2009 6:24:05 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

In the end God always wins. He will either show is infinite mercy or his infinite justice.


46 posted on 09/18/2009 7:37:48 PM PDT by ak267
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