But now for the coherence of v. He is co-executive editor of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. While it is apparent that a scientistic viewpoint denies the possibility of supernatural intervention, it is not clear that any particular scientific theory does so. Now let's consider what Bultmann had to say about Mark 2:23-28: And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. It is a companion worthy of the thought of one of the real giants of twentieth century theology. Thus, for this danger and for many similar challenges to Catholic faith, Catholics should have in mind an apologetic defense of the truths of their faith, including a defense of the historical truth of the Sacred Scriptures.
I would probably be called remiss if I didn't note that Bultmann was a brave soul in his own right. Not only is Jesus called God, but Paul and Peter apply Old Testament references to Yahweh unhesitatingly to Jesus. What if the post-Easter church has so radically altered the message of the Christ of faith, that it bears no resemblance to the Christ of history? Jesus, God and Man, is the prime object of Christian faith, but Bultmann, in his demythologizing, has eliminated, not only this object of faith, but every other object of Christian faith in maintaining that there are no longer any objects at all of Christian faith, since for him the only religious act remaining to modern man is the subjective experience of being and becoming one's own authentic self. Additional Bibliography Items: Die Geschichte der synoptischen Tradition, 1921 The History of the Synoptic Tradition, 1963 Das Evangelium des Johannes, 1941 The Gospel of John: A Commentary, 1971 Theologie des Neuen Testaments, 1948-1953 Theology of the New Testament, 1951 Kerygma und Mythos, 1948-1953 Kerygma and Myth, 1953 partial, 1962 History and Eschatology, 1957 Gifford Lectures, Edinburgh Existence and Faith, 1960 Collection, New York Secondary Sources Ashcraft, Morris. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. It seeks answers to questions such as: How can memory studies continue to conceptualize the deterritorialized, fluid and transnational aspects of collective memory without abolishing the validity of the founding ideas of memory studies? So while the layperson has no need of existentialist concepts to be confronted by Gods word and the choice of faith, the theologian must use these in order to engage in the disciplined and scientific study of faith that Bultmann calls theology.
When Paul Met Jesus: How an Idea Got Lost in History. What need did you see for another work of this kind? Bultmann was a student of , , and. To these perplexities Bultmann offers a bold remedy. However, the evidence—both external and internal—is decidedly against its authenticity. The uproar around demythologization was ironic because the program presented no ideas that were not already contained in Bultmanns earlier works. Far from being based on empirical investigations, existential analysis tries to uncover the concepts that are, and have to be, employed in any such researches —the fundamental concepts of personal existence. To protect that monopoly is their likely intent in this clash.
This mythical material is not, however, an embarrassment, and it need not be discarded. Bultmanns conviction of philosophys importance in theology stood fundamentally at odds with Barths own opinion who rejected any philosophical intrusion into theology , and thus it is no surprise that the 1950 essay portrays Barth only as a theological opponent who must be combated. Bultmann, Rudolf Karl, and James McConkey Robinson, ed. The sooner that the majority of Catholic scholars turn to this needed task, the more quickly will the Rationalism and the Modernism inherent in the exegesis of Bultmann cease to threaten Catholic faith and Catholic biblical studies. We know that the true religion is much more than that and we need to prove it more decisively.
Bultmann and subsequent writers could not understand what was going on in this story, and so they divided the above into sections, supposing that 5b-10 were once a single story, while 1-5a and 11-12 were incongrouous, and that some early church author spliced them together after serious editing. According to Bultmann, when we ask the question of the meaning of a text, then we are asking questions about the possibilities for our existence that arise from the encounter with the text, questions that may only be asked when we recognize that our existence is open and therefore uncertain Bultmann 1991, 133. Very few Catholics suffer today from an overly rigid dependence on Thomistic metaphysics, and if anything the doctrines that blind us today stem from unreflective political liberalism and postmodernism. The modern magisterium recommends that seminarians study Thomism, for example, not so that they feel obliged to embrace every point, but so that they will have a sufficient philosophical realism, and classical intellectual culture, as they move forward in their ministry as priests. The Response of Joseph Cahill 15.
Rudolf Bultmann is arguably one of the most important theological thinkers of the nineteenth century, if not the most important. It is thus important to understand Christian existentialism in order to understand existentialism at all. That is a good sign of intellectual health, not something threatening. A perfectly executed theological introduction. The Bible or biblical criticism? One guesses that a theology like Bultmann's can succeed in expressing this quality only through implicit dependence on a more conservative view of the New Testament that is still secretly operative in the religious imagination. Thus the Risen One continues always to be the Crucified One; and the cross and resurrection are not two events but one. Cahill avers that, for Bultmann, the only Christ is the Christ for us, so that Christian faith becomes centered on a value judgment, and the Person of the Jesus of history has no intrinsic and permanent relation to the experiential grasp of divine revelation.
The problem of this thesis was concerned with Bultmann's concept of demythologization. Should memory studies merely be perceived as descriptive or should it also have an impact on actual political debates? Archived from on 1 January 2006. The Theology of Rudolf Bultmann. The problems that arise in modern intellectual and moral culture are not met well by ignorance or mere reactionary condemnation. In Holmén, Tom; Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus. Bultmann et la mort de Dieu; Pr ésentation, choix de textes, biographie, bibliographie.
Rudolf Bultmann: Interpreting Faith for the Modern Era. Bultmann wanted, with Barth, to proclaim the saving act of God in Christ, yet without providing unnecessary stumbling blocks to the modern listener. The first of the eight responses to the demythologizing of Rudolf Bultmann that I reviewed in 1999 was that of Leopold Malevez in his book, The Christian Message and Myth. This is a wonderful 'guide' to Bultmann's thought. Whatever the impression we receive from other writings of Bultmann, in History and Eschatology the Gospel seems to be about human self-understanding from first to last; dependence on objective historicity has receded to the vanishing point. Malevez does not feel constrained to accept the nihilistic approach of Heidegger's Being and Time.
Just because it represents a change in subject? The book includes discussion questions for students, pastors, and church groups and a foreword by Scot McKnight. Still, today, Rudolf Bultmann remains negatively characterized by many. The problem, however, is that a fundamental confusion existed in many from the beginning between openness to non-Christian culture and the alteration of the very foundations of faith. Philadelphia: Fortress Press published 1989. It is not surprising, therefore, that the controversy over demythologizing has been intense and involved. In keeping with the view that purity is represented by what a person projects, we discussed the ancient view that eyes rather than receiving light project light.