Makers of the Modern Theological Mind - Rudolf Bultmann

Makers of the Modern Theological Mind - Rudolf Bultmann


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Morris Ashcraft provides a a brief biographical sketch and a reliable guide to  Rudolf Bultmann’s system of thought and his continuing theological influence. It is part of the classic Makers of the Modern Theological Mind series, recently made available again with new paperback cover designs.

How can modern scientific humanity understand the strange religious language of the Bible? This is one of the questions Rudolf Bultmann (1884–1976) spent his life answering. As a devout Lutheran committed to the Christian faith, Bultmann’s concern was how to make Christianity intelligible in the twentieth century. His concept of demythologizing was part of his lifelong attempt to help people “hear” the Christian gospel and respond to it authentically. All of this originated out of a genuine pastoral concern to highlight the nature of New Testament faith. As Morris Ashcraft writes, “He stands alongside Karl Barth as a man who changed the direction of theology significantly and perhaps permanently.”

In this book, along with a brief biographical sketch, Morris Ashcraft provides a concise and reliable guide to Bultmann’s system of thought and his continuing influence.

The Makers of the Modern Theological Mind series remains a must-read for anyone eager to understand these theologians and their impact on today’s church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619708136
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dr. Bob E. Patterson is emeritus professor of religion at Baylor University.

Morris Ashcraft (1923–2011) was dean of the faculty and professor of theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface (2016) ix

Editor's Preface (1972) xi

1 Rudolf Bultmann 1

Biographical Sketch 5

The Theological Context of Bultmann's Career 8

2 Bultmann's Understanding of Man-the Concept of Existence 13

Bultmann and Heidegger 14

The Greek and Biblical Views of Man 17

Preview of Bultmann's Understanding of Existence 20

3 Bultmann's Understanding of History 25

Historie, Geschichte, Eschatology, and Historicity 25

The Nature and Meaning of History 28

4 Bultmann and the Historical Jesus 33

The Quest of the Historical Jesus 34

Rejection of the Quest of the Historical Jesus 35

5 Demythologizing-Existentialist Interpretation 39

The Nature of Myth 40

Presuppositions of Bultmann 41

Bultmann's Proposal 43

Objections to Demythologizing and Bultmann's Responses 45

6 Existential Speaking "of" God 51

Speaking "about" God 51

Speaking "of" God 54

7 Ground of Faith-the Christ Event 59

God's Saving Act 59

Cross and Resurrection 61

Proclamation of the Kerygma as Saving Act 63

Christ as the Word of God 64

The Christ Event as Revelation 65

8 Existence Prior to Faith-Inauthentic Existence 67

Sin as Unbelief 67

Sin as Surrender to the World 69

Sin as Slavery 71

Sin as Death 71

9 Life in Faith-Authentic Existence 73

Faith as a New Self-Understanding 74

Faith as an Act of Decision 77

Faith as Obedience 79

Faith as Freedom 80

Faith as Eschatological Existence 82

10 Summary and Evaluation 87

Bultmann's Methodology 88

Faith in Existentialist Perspective 90

Faith and History 94

Christ, Christology, and God 95

Faith as Authentic Existence 96

Notes 101

Selected Bibliography 113

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