OMG! I’m an Atheist Who Follows Christ.

Josh de Keijzer
13 min readDec 12, 2018

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The above line is not me talking. It could have been, but I decided to not become an atheist. No, it sounds more like one of my colleagues and future theological collaborators. Except my colleague/friend has no need for an “OMG” for having strong atheist tendencies. He loves it! Yes, he’s an atheist and, yes, he’s written a dissertation on Bultmann (you know, the liberal German theologian every conservative in the 60s and 70s loved to hate) arguing that Bultmann did not go quite far enough with his demythologization of the Gospel.

Yet — and here’s the interesting bit — my friend insists on the reality of revelation. My friend emphatically insists that the Black Lives Matter movement is divine revelation and the same can be said for the liberation struggles of blacks, economically oppressed, and the LGBT movement. It is precisely there, in the struggle for freedom, that the revelation of Jesus Christ manifests itself in all its utter concreteness.

To Be Or Not To Be, That is Hardly the Question

But he’s an atheist. I could modify that statement a bit, perhaps, because we’ve been talking and I argued that the very arguments used in favor of the nonexistence of God can easily be used against atheism. In philosophy, this saying too much is called onto-theology. It basically means you’re saying…

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Josh de Keijzer

Writes at joshdekeyzer.com. Writer, researcher, lecturer, Bonhoeffer scholar. Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology.