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Post-modern spirituality: Experience, rather than explain

Philip J.W. Schutte
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a843 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.843 | © 2011 Philip J.W. Schutte | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 April 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Philip J.W. Schutte, Department of New Testament Sudies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Cassirer, Jung and Bultmann share at least one principle, namely their appreciation of the role played by myth in experiencing the language of faith. All three of the theorists advocate the reading of mythological texts against the backdrop of a mythological world view. By accentuating the existential and transformational value of myth, they underline the importance of myth for religion. However, they do not promote a positivistic interpretation of myth, which might lead to the rebirth of biblical fundamentalism. This article advanced the perspective that biblical texts, when read as myth, could open up spiritual experiences, even to post-modern readers.


Bultmann; Cassirer; Christian proclamation; Jung; resurrection; spirituality


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