First, Bultmann judged mythological as the prevalent world-view of the first Christians. We saw in Chapter 3 that it is possible to argue that the idea of cosmic mind in personal interaction with its creatures is the best philosophical explanation of what we have learned from science and personal experience.
Like other theologians, Bultmann realized the problem of having an eschatological Jesus who wrongly proclaimed the end of the world and the impending Reign of God. But the thesis of the present interpretation is that he has also provided us with some clues as to how these two elements in his basic intention can be held together in a consistent whole.
Pannenberg further points out the relationship of faith and knowledge when he writes: At its very least, such a viewpoint argues that much of the content of scripture is mythical; in its most rabid form God Himself becomes a mythical character.
We may, of course, conceal from ourselves the fact that our questioning presupposes a context of thought and understanding, but thereby we only make more potent the unrecognized presuppositions. These structures would indicate liturgical use in the church and thus imply a composition date much later than the death of Jesus.
That it remains a systematic, if largely unexplored, possibility, however, this does not deny. In the believing hearing of the kerygma we encounter God.
Theologists like Bultmann are on par with any other philosopher. Somewhere, along the pathway of these years I have come to adopt a changed set of presuppositions that lay the groundwork for my current method of biblical interpretation that is in significant variance with the position taken by the liberal existentialist camp established by liberal theological philosophers such as Friedrich Schleiermacher, Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Barth, and Rudolf Bultmann.
It is based on the futile aim of the positivist historians to ascertain bare facts without meaning in history. It was not developed out of an authoritarian attitude. Every generation must test its preaching by that original expression of the kerygma.
But sharing the mythical world-view of their age, they tell the story of the Christ event as a story of the gods, as a myth. The question is whether there is any affirmation in the New Testament that is neither mythological nor existential and that is nevertheless important.
Fundamental and conservative believers are laughed at by the liberals as the ignorant ones, blinded by their "child-like," unenlightened faith. Through a form-critical analysis that is thorough and persuasive, Cullmann has demonstrated that the NT speaks of the tradition of the apostles in a definitive way.
Based upon more modern discoveries, again contributions by Sagan and Hawking, I would assert that God is eternal. In a second edition was published that went from — Pannenberg in this way is seeking to point out the inadequacy of all authoritarian theologies, which in essence would exempt the truth-claim of Christian faith from critical rationality.
It is a chosen presupposition, accepted by a faith that is just as relevant as the faith that the Sagans, Hawkings, and theologians like Bultmann place in their modern existential science. His father, Arthur Bultmann, was an Evangelical-Lutheran pastor, his paternal grandfather a missionary to Africa, and his maternal grandfather a pastor of the pietistic tradition.
The third section is important for many reasons.Bultmann’s conviction of philosophy’s importance in theology stood fundamentally at odds with Barth’s own opinion (who rejected any philosophical intrusion into theology), and thus it is no surprise that the essay portrays Barth only as a theological opponent who must be combated.
Rudolf Bultmann: Rudolf Bultmann, leading 20th-century New Testament scholar known for his program to “demythologize” the New Testament—i.e., to interpret, according to the concepts of existentialist philosophy, the essential message of the New Testament that was expressed in mythical terms. Bultmann, the son of a.
(Rudolph Bultmann, "The Question of Natural Revelation," Essays: Philosophical and Theological, pp. 98 ff.) The Christian message is that God, the wholly transcendent, has acted decisively for man’s salvation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
THE THEOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RUDOLF BULTMANN P. JOSEPH CAHILL technical exegesis, Gnostic studies, existential philosophy, and hermeneutics to the Gifford Lectures, the theological essay, popular and literate dialogue about the Church, demythologizing, and the relation of the New Testament to daily life?3 If the theological.
Only a short generation ago it was still customary for theological thinking to be carried out within the framework of avowedly philosophical concepts, and philosophical theology was a fairly well-defined genre within the whole field of theology.
The great work of nineteenth-century theology was. CONTEMPORARY HERMENEUTIC PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGICAL STUDIES I. INTRODUCTION Bultmann. Essays: Philosophical and Theological (London: SCM Press, I), p. HERMENEUTIC PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGICAL .Download