BULTMANN AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH by Rene Marle

BULTMANN AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of the most fascinating events of the flowering of biblical scholarship in the Catholic Church has been the transformation of Rudolf Bultmann's work from a source of scandal for Catholics to an inexhaustible guide for a correct--i.e., realistic--understanding of Scripture. The best known facet of this extraordinary Protestant scholar's work, of course, was his famous ""de-mythologizing"" of the Bible, his stripping off of the centuries-old accretion of legends, allegorical interpretations, myths, and fairy tales. But for Bultmann this was only the foundation of a new theology of the Word of God, and of a whole new interpretation of the Christian faith. Marle, in this extraordinarily interesting and enlightening little book, synthesizes the whole range of Bultmann's thought in its most important aspects, from the famous ""form criticism"" to the more demanding ""creative theology"" in such a way that it becomes intelligible even to the comparatively unformed student, and to the layman with an interest in the history of ideas. The book may be recommended to readers of all Christian denominations.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Newman