Is God Dead? Have we killed her or him? If so, what’s next?
In this documentary, a study of a 16th century painting leads us to an examination of a 19th century Russian author, before launching us to the modern day, where humanity continues to wrestle with how to react when the foundation of our worldview is staring at us in the form of a corpse with open eyes.
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whoever is born after us — for the sake of this deed he will belong to a higher history than all history hitherto.
-Source: Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science (1882, 1887) para. 125; Walter Kaufmann ed. (New York: Vintage, 1974), pp.181-82.]