The Mission of Demythologizing: Rudolf Bultmann's Dialectical Theology
Author(s)David W Congdon
Theological Interpretation of Christian Scripture
Missiology and Mission Theology
Eschatology and Apocalypticism
Doctrine of God
Robert W. Jenson
New Testament Theology
Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Missional Church Theology
Liberal protestant theology
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AbstractRudolf Bultmann's controversial program of demythologizing has been the subject of constant debate since it was first announced in 1941. It is widely held that this program indicates Bultmann's departure from the dialectical theology he once shared with Karl Barth. In the 1950s, Barth thus referred to their relationship as that of a whale and an elephant: incapable of meaningful communication. This study proposes a contrary reading of demythologizing as the hermeneutical fulfillment of dialectical theology on the basis of a reinterpretation of Barth's theological project.
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