Archive for the ‘Bultmann’ Category

An historical fact which involves a resurrection from the dead is utterly inconceivable…no matter how many witnesses are cited

October 2, 2009

An historical fact which involves a resurrection from the dead is utterly inconceivable…no matter how many witnesses are cited.

Rudolph Bultmann, New Testament and Mythology, in H.W. Bartsch (ed.), Kerygma and Myth, NY, 1961, p.39

The Resurrection cannot – in spite of 1 Cor. 15.3-8 – be demonstrated or made plausible as an objectively ascertainable fact on the basis of which one could believe.

Rudolph Bultmann, Theology of the New Testament I, 305-6

In other words, no amount of evidence would make the Resurrection plausible to a mind beholden to Naturalistic presuppositions.

Without faith in the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all.

Michael Green, Man Alive

The empty tomb of Christ has been the cradle of the church.

W. Robertson Nicolls, The Church’s One Foundation, page 150

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The futility of Liberal ‘faith’

September 10, 2009

It is impossible to make use of electric light and radio, and, in case of illness, to claim the help of modern medical and clinical methods and at the same time believe in the New Testament’s spirits and miracles.

Bultmann, Kerygma and Mythos, p.18

1 Cor.15.17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

Naturalism in Liberal Theology

September 9, 2009

This closedness (of the universe) means that the continuum of historical happenings cannot be rent by the interference of supernatural, transcendent powers and that therefore there is no ‘miracle’ in this sense of the word.

[Rudolf Bultmann, Kerygma and Myth: A Theological Debate, ed.Hans WernerBartsch, trans. Reginald H. Fuller, (London: Billing and Sons, 1954), p. 292.]

1. This viewpoint is passé, or should be.

2. It’s another reminder not to be wedded to the spirit of the age because his thinking, though ‘cutting edge’ and trendy then, is very much ‘widowed’ now


Naturalism in Liberal Theology

September 7, 2009

This closedness (of the universe) means that the continuum of historical happenings cannot be rent by the interference of supernatural, transcendent powers and that therefore there is no ‘miracle’ in this sense of the word.

[Rudolf Bultmann, Kerygma and Myth: A Theological Debate, ed.Hans WernerBartsch, trans. Reginald H. Fuller, (London: Billing and Sons, 1954), p. 292.]

1. This viewpoint is passé, or should be.

2. It’s another reminder not to be wedded to the spirit of the age because his thinking, though ‘cutting edge’ and trendy then, is very much ‘widowed’ now.

… modern man acknowledges as reality only such phenomena or events as are comprehensible within the framework of the rational order of the universe. He does not acknowledge miracles because they do not fit this lawful order.

[Rudolf Bultmann, Jesus Christ and Mythology, (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1958), p. 37.]