Concordia Theological Monthly

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rudolf bultmann, theology, faith, existential, revelation, existentialist, barth, christian, gollwitzer (3); hum

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Early in the fifties the writer asked the late Paul Althaus of Erlangen whether in his opinion World War II ushered in a new epoch in the history of theology, as had been the case with the first World War. His answer was no. The emphasis in theology, he felt, had remained unchanged. Seen from the vantage point of the mid-sixties, we know that Althaus was wrong. Gradually through the fifties interest in neoorthodoxy declined. Karl Barth no longer dominated the theological scene. The name of Rudolf Bultmann began to claim primary attention. The historical problems of the New Testament gained momentum. Being at first a concern of New Testament scholars, the proper relation between faith and history, Glauben und Verstehen (faith and understanding), also became the central theme of systematic theology. Rightly or wrongly, the name of Bultmann has become the embodiment of all problems of recent theology.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars