Rudolf Bultmann

By David Fergusson in January 2009

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Runtime: 36 mins

David Fergusson describes Bultmann's theological journey from his liberal training through to Bultmann's assertion that the only critical element of the life of Jesus is the crucifixion, which left some significant weaknesses in his arguments.

Rudolf Bultmann was a German theologian and New Testament scholar. He argued for a demythologising of the New Testament and for an emphasis on effectiveness over historical accuracy or boundedness; and the transcendent Christ rather than the historical Jesus. One of the founders of form criticism, he sought to reconcile the essence of Christian teaching with existentialism.

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Produced in January 2009. Provisional captions.

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