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"God is dead" (German: ) is a well known phrase by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It is also known as the death of God. The phrase is not meant literally. Instead it is about what value destruction has done to people's belief in Christianity. Some religious thinkers do take it literally though.

Nietzsche wrote this phrase in his book The Gay Science (German: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft). It is in the section called "The Madman". He also used the phrase in his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra (German: Also sprach Zarathustra), which is most responsible for making the phrase popular. The idea is written in "The Madman" as follows:

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