Apocalyptic Creed

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“I believe in the triumph of the Kingdom of God, in that Kingdom which is the final life of the spirit, a life incarnate in Jesus, and consummated in his death. That death is the self-embodiment of the Kingdom of God, and a death which is the resurrection of incarnate body, a body which is a glorified body, but glorified only in the crucifixion, which is the death of all heavenly spirit, and the life of joy which is grace incarnate. That joy and grace are all in all, offered everywhere and to everyone, and invisible and unreal only to those who refuse them, a refusal which is everyone’s but a refusal which is annulled in the death of the incarnate and crucified God, and transfigured in that resurrection, a resurrection which is the actual present glory of the Kingdom of God. Amen.”

Thomas J. J. Altizer, Genesis of God (185)

I wish people would read Altizer’s later theology. It is so much more complex, nuanced, and developed than the radical death-of-God theology he wrote in the 1960’s. Check it out also read Genesis and Apocalypse.

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2 Responses to “Apocalyptic Creed”

  1. Wesley Says:

    Was this meant as a replacement to the Nicene Creed or as a supplement? Does he address grievances with previous creeds?

  2. Jeremy Says:

    Replacement. He’s not Trinitarian in the eternal immanent way, so I mean it’s likely he would disagree with those aspects of the creed along with things like a literal resurrection. He tends to to view the resurrection and crucifixion as being simulatenous. The crucified God necessarily leads to the resurrected Word being liberated from transcendence and brought to realization in gracious immanence. Also, I think I mentioned he believed the ascension is a reversal of the movement of the Word being made flesh (i.e. from transcendence to immanence)

    His theology wouldn’t be really a critique of specific creeds as offering a unique apocalyptic theology. But, he would find things like the belief in an eternal life to be a No-saying to this life, which the patristic church came to believe and thus betrayed the early eschatology of the early church. His Trinitarian descent would be Sabellian, which is to say that Father, Son, and Spirit are different modes the one God, so the three-iin-one-God is a misperception on our behalf.

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