#QOTD: Graham Stanton on Bultmann

Many who have a nodding acquaintance with twentieth-century theology associate Bultmann with radical skepticism concerning the historicity of the gospels, with lack of interest in the historical Jesus, with ‘demythologizing’ and with use of existentialism in interpretation of the NT. On each of these questions Bultmann has frequently been misunderstood. But whether or not once accepts his conclusions, his writings are of the utmost importance for contemporary theology. The issues they raise will be on the theologian’s agenda for a long time to come.
“Rudolf Bultmann: Jesus and the Word.” Studies in Matthew and Early Christianity, 261.

3 thoughts on “#QOTD: Graham Stanton on Bultmann

  1. I “like” this quote. For me at least Bultmann always remains “the great Bultmann” (a perspective that I have adapted from E. Jüngel, who paused in one of his Gotteslehre lectures and said: when we criticize Plato, we must remember that he always remains “the great Plato”). Still, I think J. Schröter takes him to task on some of the aforementioned points with considerable effectiveness (and understanding!) in chapter 6 of From Jesus to the New Testament.

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