The Mission of Demythologizing Hardback

Rudolf Bultmann's Dialectical Theology

by David W. Congdon;

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The Mission of Demythologizing

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Since 1941, Rudolf Bultmann's program of demythologizing has been the subject of constant debate, widely held to indicate Bultmann's departure from the dialectical theology he once shared with Karl Barth. In the 1950s, Barth referred to their relationship as that of a whale and an elephant: incapable of meaningful communication. This study proposes a contrary reading of demythologizing as the hermeneutical fulfillment of dialectical theology on the basis of a reinterpretation of Barth's theological project. The volume argues that dialectical theology is fundamentally governed by a missionary logic. Bultmann's hermeneutical theology extends this dialectical, missionary theology into the field of interpretation. Bultmann's program addresses a false relation between gospel and culture. Negatively, demythologizing is a program of deconstantinizing, opposing the objectifying conflation of kerygma and culture that he calls "myth." Positively, demythologizing is a form of intercultural hermeneutics, composed of preunderstanding and self-understanding. Demythologizing is therefore a missionary hermeneutic of intercultural translation.

The Mission of Demythologizing by David W. Congdon was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in May 2015. The ISBN for The Mission of Demythologizing is 9781451487923.

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Details for The Mission of Demythologizing

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (May 2015)
Number of Pages988
Thickness53 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4317433
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