Deicide is the killing (or the killer) of a god . The concept may be used for any act of killing a god, including a life-death-rebirth that is killed and then resurrected .

Also used in Freeman Dyson’s Disturbing the Universe in the essay “The Island of Dr. Moreau” when he is talking about JSB Haldane’s Daedalus; gold, Science and the Future .


The term deicide was coined in the 17th century from Latin * deicidium , from de-us “god” and -cidium “cutting, killing.”

New Testament accounts

See also: Jewish deicide , Sanhedrin trials of Jesus , and Pilate’s court

According To the New Testament accounts, the Judean (or Jewish) autorités in Jerusalem, the Pharisees , Jesus charged with blasphemy , a capital offense under biblical law , and Sought His execution. According to John 18:31 , the Judean (Jewish) authority claims to have the authority to have the Jesus Seminar historicity project notes for John 18:31 : ” It’s illegal for us: The accuracy of this claim is doubtful.” in their Scholars Version . Additionally, John 7: 53-8: 11 records them asking Jesusabout the adulteress and Acts 6:12 records them ordering the stoning of St. Stephen .

They brought Jesus to Pontius Pilate , the Roman Prefect of Judea , who was hesitant and let the people decide if Jesus were to be executed. According to the Bible, Pontius Pilate only ordered Jesus to be flogged. Washing his hands, Pilate said he would not take the blame for Jesus’ death, to which the crowd replied, ” His blood is upon us and our children .” [1]

Pilate is portrayed in the Gospel accounts as a reluctant accomplice to Jesus’ death. Modern scholars say it is most likely that a Roman governor such as a pilot would have no problem in executing any leader whose followers posed a potential threat to Roman rule. citation needed ] It has also been suggested that the Gospel accounts may have fallen into the role of the Romans in Jesus’ death during a time when Christianity was struggling to gain acceptance in the Roman world. [2]

Christian analysis

See also: Substitutionary atonement

The Christian Church and other Christian denominations suggest that Jesus’ death was necessary to take away the collective sin of the human race. The crucifixion is seen as an example of Christ’s eternal love for mankind and self-sacrifice on the part of God for humanity. [3]

The Gnostic Gospel of Judas contends that Jesus commanded Judas Iscariot to set in motion the chain of events that would lead to his death. [4]

The following is a verse from a hymn written in 1892 for use in the Church of England to call upon God to convert the Jews to Christianity:

Though the Blood Betrayed and Spilled,

On the race entailed a doom,
Let’s virtue cleanse the guilt,

Melt the hardness, chase the gloom;
Lift the veil from off their heart,

Make them Israelites indeed,
Meet for more

With Thy household’s genuine seed. [5]

Against some Christian movements, some of qui rejected the use of Hebrew Scripture , Augustine countered That God Had Chosen The Jews have a special people, [6] and he regarded the scattering of Jewish people by the Roman Empire to be a fulfillment of prophecy. [7] He rejected homicidal attitudes, quoting part of the same prophecy, namely “Slay them not, lest they should at last forget thy law” (Psalm 59:11). Augustine, who believed in Christianity at the end of the day; as such, he argued, they should be permitted to dwell in Christian lands. [8]The answer to this question is “why do not we survive?” ( James Carroll in his book Constantine’s Sword , for example) [9] [10] is apocryphal and is not found in any of his writings. [11]

In other mythologies

See also: Dying-and-rising god
  • Egyptian mythology
    • Set killed Osiris , who was later resurrected by Isis . In Greek sources, Typhoon replaces Set the murderer.
  • Greek mythology
    • Ophiotaurus was a creature whose entrances were said to grant the power to defeat the gods to whoever burned them. The Titans attempted to use them against the Olympians .
    • After learning that his children were destined to usurp him, Cronus devoured his children. However, his children were later freed by Zeus .
  • Norse mythology
    • Loki tricked Höðr into killing Baldr .
    • Váli avenged by Baldr’s death by killing Höðr.
    • Most of the figures in Ragnarök . According to the Gylfaginning , Jörmungandr kills Thor by poisoning him, Fenrir kills Odin , while Heimdallr and Loki kills each other.
  • Japanese mythology
    • Izanami died while giving birth to the god Kagutsuchi .
    • Kagutsuchi’s father, Izanagi , beheaded Kagutsuchi out of grievance.
  • Buddhism
    • The crimes listed in the Anantarika-karma include killing an Arhat and shedding the blood of a Buddha .
    • Devadatta and Ajatashatru attempted to kill the Gautama Buddha .
  • Hawaiian mythology
    • Lanikaula, a prophet, kills the followers of the god goddess Pahulu on Lanai .
  • Aztec mythology
    • Tezcatlipoca tricked his rival Quetzalcoatl into over-drinking and wantonry. Quetzalcoatl burns himself to death in shame.

Popular culture

Deicide is a subject of many pieces of fantasy fiction. Works that have gods and other supernatural beings physically present to involve battles between gods and mortals.

Video games

  • In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind , it is possible (albeit difficult) to voluntarily kill the god Vivec. In the court expansion for the same game, the player must kill the goddess Almalexia to finish the main quest.
  • In the Shivering Isles Expansion to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion , the player is tasked with killing Daedric Prince, Jyggalag, a godlike being connected with order.
  • The God of War series involves the deicide of the Greek pantheon , where the protagonist, Kratos, enacts vengeance against the Greek Gods for the death of his family.
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn involves the killing of goddess Ashera.
  • In Smite , the announcer will declare a deicide when all of the enemy has been killed.
  • In Doom II , the final boss is a Baphomet- like demon called the Icon of Sin.
  • Realm of the Mad God involves the killing of numerous gods.
  • Near the end of Silent Hill , Harry Mason protagonist must kill a “god” called the Incubus.
  • In Silent Hill 3 , the final confrontation is between the heroine Heather Mason and a creature named God, but it is unknown if this creature is an actual divine being or just a manifested monster.
  • At the end of Shin Megami Tensei 2 , Aleph and his party succeed in killing the corrupt YHVH .
  • In Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse the main character and the previous game’s main character, Flynn, are frequently referred to as “godslayers,” and the final boss is a returning YHVH.
  • In the MMORPG RuneScape , the god Guthix is ​​assassinated by the Mahjarrat Sliske in the quest, The World Wakes .
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII pits the hand against the god Bhunivelze for the final boss.
  • In Xenogears , protagonist Fei is called “the slayer of God” and must kill a man-made god called Deus which threatens to destroy his planet, and the cosmos.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles , Shulk slays Zanza with Monado III, a weapon that he obtains during the battle-this moment is foreshadowed on several occasions throughout the game.
  • In Asura’s Wrath the protagonist Asura kills what is really referred to as god for abducting his daughter.
  • Deicide is a recurring element in the Final Fantasy series .
  • In The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth it is possible to fight Satan, angelic beings, and the development of greed in its expansion.
  • In Dishonored: Death of the Outsider , the protagonist’s hand Billie Lurk finds her mentor Daud and aids in his quest to kill the Outsider , a supernatural deity who bestows magical powers to a select few.
  • In Destiny a raid team of six guardians fight Atheon, Time’s Conflux, the Vex god. Later, in Destiny: The Dark Below , the team must then defeat Crota, Son of Oryx, has Hive god / prince. Next, in Destiny: The Taken King , the Oryx team encounters, the Taken King. Regicide, he escapes to his Ascendant Realm. The guardians follow him there, defeating him again with his twin daughters, Ir Anuk and Ir Halak. Finally, in Destiny: Rise of Iron , the team puts an end to Aksis, Archon Prime, a Fallen Priest Who used SIVA nanotechnology to become a machine, worshipped by the House of Devils and Devil Splicers.

Comics and manga

  • In the comic book series Preacher , the Saint of Killers commits deicide when he kills God, having already killed the Devil , all of the angels , and an untold number of humans.
  • The term is used as a title for a series of chapters (399 to 421) released for the Bleach manga series. “Deicide” was used in reference to Gin Ichimaru , who reveals a stronger version of his weapon named Kamishini no Yari or “God-Slaying Spear” during this arc. It was also used in Sōsuke Aizen ‘s newly acquired godhood and the protagonists’ attempts to kill him, and Aizen ‘s own plans to kill the King’ s Spirit.
  • Deicide is discussed extensively in Terry Pratchett ‘s Discworld series. Many of the gods are very often treated with the aid of contempt, making deicide decidedly easy and unsurprising.
  • In the web comic The Order of the Stick , the titular order is after magic gates that seal in The Snarl, a monster created by conflict between the gods. It slew the Eastern Gods (the Greek Pantheon), and is theorized to be more potent against deities than mortals. Odin even refers to a “deicidal maniac” when the surviving pantheons seal it away.
  • In the Final Crisis comic book, the Green Lantern Corps Refer to the assassination of the character Orion , one of the gods of New Genesis , as a ” 10-1-11 Code ” deicide.
  • In Dragon Ball chapter 28, Kami (lit. “God”) dies when the Demon Piccolo is killed in battle because of the connection that the two share.
  • In another example in Dragon Ball , the creature Majin Boo attacks and kills most of the Kaioshin leaving only one alive.
  • In the webcomic series, “Kill Six Billion Demons”, the one was created when the one God, Yisun, fell into being at being perfect, and committed “divine Suicide.”

Live-action shows

  • In Xena: Warrior Princess , Xena would, in the event known “Twilight of the Gods,” several murder of the Olympian Pantheon, in defense of her daughter, Eve , The Messenger of Eli.
  • In Star Trek , Klingon mythology included a tale of deicide in which the Klingons slew their gods, who “brought more trouble than they were worth.”
  • In the first episode of the seventh season of The CW’s series Supernatural , ” Meet the New Boss “, [12] Dean Winchester , Sam Winchester , and Bobby Singer work contre Their form ally and recently mutated angel named Castiel who is now calling himself God, even shackling Death in their attempt to murder him. There are also several accounts of the Winchesters killing off deities or deities being killed off on screen. Nickar, Beautiful, Zeo Shen, Leshi, Vesta, Veritas, Calliope, Chronos, Vili, Vanity.


  • In the anime series Campione! , Campione is another name for a God slayer.

Books and novels

  • In George RR Martin’s novel A Dance with Dragons , Cersei Lannister is accused of deicide by the High Septon owing to his role in the murder of the former High Septon, the God’s representative.
  • His Dark Materials , a trilogy by Philip Pullman is proposed by some to be about deicide. [13] [14]
  • Deicide: The God Eater, is a book by Flint Epstein about the captain of a starship traveling to the world to find God and kill him.


  • Deicide is an American death metal band formed in 1987. Their lyrics usually deal with such themes as Satanism and Anti-Christianity . On their 1990 self-titled album, there is also a song with the same title.
  • “Deicide” is a Crystal Castles song released in July 2015.


  • In Magic: The Gathering’s 2014 set, Journey Into Nyx, Deicide is a card that is capable of exiling an opponent’s god, and all copies of that god in their deck.

See also

  • God is dead
  • Ragnarok
  • Theophagy


  1. Jump up^ Matthew 27: 24-25
  2. Jump up^ Anchor Bible Dictionaryvol. 5. (1992) pg. 399-400. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
  3. Jump up^ Book of Concord,”The Three Ecumenical or Universal Creeds,”The Book of Concord Website, nd
  4. Jump up^ Associated Press,”Ancient Manuscript Suggests Jesus Asked Judas to Betray Him,”Fox News Website, Thursday, April 06, 2006
  5. Jump up^ “Thou, the Christ Forever One”, words byWilliam Bright, fromSupplemental Hymns to Hymns Ancient and Modern , 1889)
  6. Jump up^ Diarmaid MacCulloch. The Reformation: A History (Penguin Group, 2005) p 8.
  7. Jump up^ Augustine of Hippo,City of God, book 18, chapter 46.
  8. Jump up^ Edwards, J. (1999)The Spanish Inquisition, Stroud, pp. 33-35,ISBN 0752417703.
  9. Jump up^ James Carroll,Constantine’s Sword(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002), p. 219.
  10. Jump up^ See alsoPaula Fredriksen, interviewed by David Van Biema, “Was Saint Augustine Good for the Jews?” in Time magazine, December 7, 2008.
  11. Jump up^ Fredriksen interviewed by Van Biema, “Was St. Augustine Good for the Jews?”
  12. Jump up^ Supernatural “7.01 Meet The New Boss”
  13. Jump up^ Meacham, Steve. “The shed where God died” . The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 6 November 2016 .
  14. Jump up^ Schweizer, Bernard. Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism . Oxford University. pp. 206, 207.

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