Psalm 53: The death of God

‘God looks to see if there are any who are wise.’ (2)

Every now and then a book arrives to argue the end of history or the death of God. Here, David avers that only a fool says in his heart: “There is no God”.

Illumination for first Latin phrase of Psalm 53, in a psalter Cotton MS Vesp.1, British Library.

Paul quotes these psalms in Romans 3 to emphasise grace and love, rather than justification under the law.

Antiphon and beginning of Psalm 53. David interviews the fool in an illuminated capital D in Dixit insipiens in corde suo; in the Sarum breviary, BL MS52359

Little more will be said about this song, as it is virtually a repeat of Psalm 14, the Justice Blues.

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