The Quest for Transcendence

Walter H. Capps

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1987

Issue: The Search for God (Vol. 7, No 2, Spring, 1987)

The 1980s are a time of considerable ambivalence religiously speaking. According to the highly regarded and often cited prophecies, this was to be the era of pervasive and rampant secularism. Twenty years have passed since the bold announcement was made that "God is dead." By now citizens of the western world were to have become so accustomed to that truth that it would retain absolutely no shock value whatever. But it hasn't turned out that way. The 1980s, instead of being dominated by the values and ideals of secularism, must be characterized more accurately as the period wherein such values have been judged to be woefully lacking. How did it happen, and what significance does it carry?

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