Science was flowering and the belief in the powers of human mind was reaching a crescendo.
The world was rushing headlong into becoming the industrial, scientific, capitalist and most secular world you know today.
Born into this world were two visionary thinkers, Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche.
Both recognized that something was missing and something was awry in this brave new world.
They demanded a new assessment of what it means to be human, what it means to live and what it means to exist.
From there, each of them took one of the two paths:
Nietzsche became a strong atheist.