175 Makers of History: Thomas J. J. Altizer

Thomas J. J. Altizer
Theologian; Professor of Religion

Thomas Altizer

Of all Emory's historic figures, Thomas J. J. Altizer -- the subject of the 1966 "Is God Dead?" TIME magazine cover and the firestorm that followed -- may be the most infamous.

Although Altizer's progressive New Testament theology was frequently oversimplified, his scholarship attracted national attention and put Emory on the map of universities where radical, complex religious study was taking place.

Altizer taught religion at Emory from 1956 until 1968 when he left to teach English at the State University of New York–Stony Brook. He published a memoir in 2006 in which he noted Emory's support of his work.