During Altizer's 12 years at Emory, he associated with a group of like-minded theologians who identified as "Christian atheists." Altizer writes that he was given "deep support throughout this period" (2.)
"The truth is, that I was given deep support throughout this period, and while I offended many permanently, and lost every hope of a foundation grant or a major academic appointment, I have never regretted the offense that I gave. A new community opened to me, a community of a wide variety of people, for this country is passionately religious, and at bottom, in rebellion at what it has been given as religion" (3.)
April, 1966, TIME magazine front page
Altizer's "death of God" theology was twice featured in TIME magazine, first in 1965 and again the following year. Releasing around the Easter Holiday, the issue featuring the question, "Is God Dead?" emboldened in red, induced national outcry upon hitting newsstands.
The 1966 issue prompted a record number of responses to the editor, followed by Altizer touring the country making public appearances (4.)