God Is Dead Theologian William Hamilton Dead At 87

By Salon Staff
Published March 1, 2012 3:36AM (UTC)
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Theologian William Hamilton, a member of the Death of God movement of the 1960s that reached its peak with a Time Magazine cover story, has died in Portland, Ore. He was 87.

His family says Hamilton died Tuesday of complications from congestive heart failure.

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Hamilton told The Oregonian newspaper in 2007 that he had questioned the existence of God since he was a teenager. He said two friends died from the explosion of a pipe bomb they were building, while a third — an atheist — escaped without a scratch.

He was teaching theology at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., in 1966 when he co-authored the book, "Radical Theology and the Death of God."

He became a prominent voice in the Time magazine story.


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