A debate with Professor Bultmann is an intellectual adventure to be enjoyed. In his essay on the relevance of the Old Testament to Christian faith there is no less at stake than the meaning of theology, philosophy, and history. Moreover, the essay is joined with related studies in a volume to which its author has given the title Glauben und Verstehen ("Faith and Understanding"), indicating thereby his conception of theology as the enterprise of fides quaerens intellectum. The inquiry, therefore, is linked to the great problem of faith and reason. Philosophically, furthermore, he is not content to leave the conflict of the two truths in the form given to it by the Scholastics, but transfers it into the contemporary medium of existentialism, in particular that of Martin Heidegger, to whom the volume of essays is dedicated. And finally, the inquiry receives its tone from Bultmann's work of demythologizing, a work motivated by the responsibility of making the Gospel in its purity accessible to men of our time to whom its symbolism has become strange. The problems raised by Bultmann thus are presented with the authority of both spiritual concern and intellectual penetration; they cannot be evaded, they must be answered.
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Publication information: Book title: The Old Testament and Christian Faith:A Theological Discussion. Contributors: Bernhard W. Anderson - Editor. Publisher: Harper & Row. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1963. Page number: 64.
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