Original Research - Special Collection: Rudolf Bultmann Symposium

Rudolf Bultmann – Evangelie en geloof

Gabriël M.J. (Gafie) van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a3039 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.3039 | © 2015 Gabriël M.J. (Gafie) van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 May 2015 | Published: 25 September 2015

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Gabriël M.J. (Gafie) van Wyk, Reformed Theological College, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Rudolf Bultmann – The Gospel and faith. Although the name Rudolf Bultmann is well known in South African ecclesiastical circles, many South Africans distrust his theology because of prejudice and the suspicion that it is not faithful to scripture. A synopsis of Bultmann’s own theological description of faith is presented here with the focus on its historical evelopment and with the aim in mind to serve as an apology for a better understanding of his point of view within the context of his life as a confessing Lutheran. The essay ends with a concise critical evaluation of Bultmann’s understanding of Christian faith pointing out its continual value for the current theological debate on the meaning of faith, as well as some minor conditional reservations on his arguments.

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Faith; Bultmann

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