Thursday 20 October 2005

Before objecting to Bultmann...

“Before we raise any objections to Bultmann’s view [of demythologizing], we should frankly confess that he is simply putting into words something that even conservative sections of the American Church have long felt, though scarcely confessed openly. One need only read or listen to our weekly sermons to realize how completely we ‘demythologize’ the Gospel in our public proclamation of it. And we do so, either along the lines suggested by Bultmann or by means of the moralizing and spiritual-experience emphasis of the older liberalism.”

—G. Ernest Wright, God Who Acts: Biblical Theology as Recital (London: SCM, 1952), p. 121.

1 Comment:

Thomas Adams said...

Ben: Thanks for bringing this excellent quote to my attention. It has also been my contention that all modern Christians demythologize to some extent, even conservatives. Bultmann's objective was to ensure that this process was carried-out in the proper fashion, so that the true message of the Gospel (the Word of the Cross) could be heard anew.

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