John T. Elson, TIME Editor Who Asked "Is God Dead" Dies At 78

12/31/2009 11:26 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • WILLIAM GRIMES New York Times

The quiet, studious Mr. Elson, who died on Sept. 7 at the age of 78, was an unlikely bomb-thrower, and his article, for those who ventured past the cover, reflected his scholarly bent. Meekly titled on the inside as "Toward a Hidden God," it began: "Is God dead? It is a question that tantalizes both believers, who perhaps secretly fear that he is, and atheists, who possibly suspect that the answer is no."

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