William Hamilton (theologian)
|William Hughes Hamilton|
March 9, 1924|
|Died||February 28, 2012
|Notable work||Radical Theology and the Death of God (1966)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Jean (Golden) Hamilton|
|Children||5: Ross, Donald, Catherine, Patrick, Jean|
William Hughes Hamilton (March 9, 1924 – February 28, 2012) was a theologian and proponent of the Death of God/Is God Dead? movement. Hamilton died in 2012 at age 87 in Portland, Oregon.
Education and career
Hamilton was born in 1924 in Evanston, Illinois. In 1943 Hamilton graduated from Oberlin College. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, then earned a master's degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 1949. In 1952 Hamilton received a doctorate in theology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Hamilton and fellow theologian Thomas J. J. Altizer co-authored the book Radical Theology and the Death of God (1966). Time magazine published the article "Is God Dead?" that same year. Hamilton taught theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School until he lost his endowed chair in 1967. He then taught religion at New College in Sarasota, Florida before becoming a faculty member at Portland State University in 1970. There he served as dean of arts and letters until his retirement in 1986.
- Christian atheism
- List of Oberlin College alumni
- List of people from Evanston, Illinois
- List of people from Portland, Oregon
- Haught, Nancy (February 29, 2012). "William Hamilton, God-is-dead theologian, dies in Portland at 87". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Advance Publications). ISSN 8750-1317. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- "William Hamilton dies at 87; theologian questioned God's existence". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). March 3, 2012. ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- Excerpt from Radical Theology and the Death of God