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Who is the “God” Nietzsche denied?

André J. Groenwald, Johan Buitendag
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 61, No 1/2 | a448 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v61i1/2.448 | © 2005 André J. Groenwald, Johan Buitendag | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 October 2005 | Published: 09 October 2005

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André J. Groenwald, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Johan Buitendag, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article examines the reasons that brought Nietzsche to the point of declaring that God is dead, thus doubting the existence of God. Nietzsche’s was a reaction to modernity’s belief in progress as perceived through the philosophy of Hegel, while also being a reaction to the knowing subject of Descartes and Kant and the theology of Strauss. Nietzsche’s quest was for a concept of God that would be free from human domination.


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