A colleague in the Religious Naturalist Association uses this quote on his website:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison (SCM, London 1971, p. 360)
God as a working hypothesis in morals, politics, or science, has been surmounted and abolished, and the same thing has happened in philosophy and religion (Feuerbach!). For the sake of intellectual honesty, that working hypothesis should be dropped, or as far as possible eliminated. . . . Honesty demands that we recognise that we must live in the world as if there were no God. And this is just what we do recognise – before God! God himself drives us to this realisation. – God makes us know that we must live as men who can get along without Him. The God who is with us is the God who forsakes us (Mark 15:34)! We stand continually in the presence of God who makes us live in the world without the God-hypothesis.
Bonhoeffer was BIG in seminary days. Now I remember why. And I am reminded how and why we have left even Bonhoeffer’s God behind. We continue to move out, beyond, and truly live in a world where there is no real or hypothetical deity.
Take a deep breath of fresh air. Ahh. It’s good out here, beyond, isn’t it?