Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Quotes of the day

In response to arguments in John A.T. Robinson's Honest to God, Rudolf Bultmann reacted to the question as to whether faith in God is, in light of Robinson's claims, done away with. His simple answer:

"Nein!" (Glaube und Verstehen: Vierter Band, p. 107)

OK, his argument is a little more complex than that. He concludes:

"There is no escape from this world into a beyond but rather God encounters us in this world [im Diesseits]. All that remains is to understand this paradox, something that won't eventually happen in theological reflection but in real life, in der Existenz" (ibid, 112).

This existential matter of embracing a fundamental trust in and through the rough and tumble of our whole lives is a matter that K√ľng draws attention to in his dialogue with atheism.

"Statements about God and basic existential questions should establish themselves and prove to be true within the experiential horizons of our lives: not in compelling deduction from an apparently evidential experience which would make a human decision superfluous, but rather in clarifying illumination of the always problematic [human] experience, which invites the human to a free decision" (Der Anfang aller Dinge, 99)

I would also refer to Bultmann's essay, 'Der Gottesgedanke und der modern Mensch' in the same volume of Glaube und Verstehen for more on his thoughts on atheism.

Final note for the sake of Jim West:

Tom Wright (peace be upon him) would have put it so much better than Bultmann of course. In fact he did write something better with all that business about distant echoes around a corner, didn't he?

In this picture I want to draw attention to the fact that Bultmann had a considerably smaller head than Wright. Here is the undeniable proof (no adjustments to the scaling have been made - Bultmann had a tiny little head, bless him):

Smaller head = less brains. Nuff said.

I'll post my final in the 'Chris is a lucky git' series tomorrow as I want to quickly and hungrily read some more from Wright (peace be upon him) now...

8 Comments:

At 9/19/2007 10:30 PM, Anonymous Jim said...

Hello peasant,
you write, above
Glaube und Verstehen.

I would only point out that it's "Glauben un Verstehen".... Foul Cretan.

And I think that Bultmann is whispering in Wright's ear, telling him the true things he writes. When B. is silent, Wright's own thoughts take over and it's "Katy bar the door" for the deluge of heresy that thereafter flows...

 
At 9/19/2007 10:32 PM, Anonymous Jim said...

RATS....

There's nothing worse than correcting and including an error in your correction. It's GLAUBEN UND VERSTEHEN....

*muttering under my breath about the need for quick responses to Devil man*

 
At 9/19/2007 11:18 PM, Anonymous Doug Chaplin said...

Wenn man mit dem Teufel auch verdrucken muss!

 
At 9/20/2007 12:12 AM, Anonymous dan said...

Speaking of Bultmann, the library at my school has been slowly selling off a large portion of Stan Grenz's personal library, and I recently picked up four volumes by Bultmann (Jesus Christ and Mythology, Kerygma and Myth, Primitive Christianity, and Jesus and the Word) for a total price of... $1.00!

For some reason, whenever I score these deals (I've purchased several others out of Grenz's collection, God bless 'im), I find myself fighting an urge to giggle uncontrollably.

 
At 9/20/2007 1:07 AM, Anonymous Theodotus the Tanner said...

Thanks for posting these thoughts from Bultmann and Kung they are wonderful.

 
At 9/20/2007 1:59 AM, Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

Dan,

Where do you go to school and are they still having the sale???

 
At 9/20/2007 6:04 PM, Anonymous dan said...

Nick,

I, um, go to school very far away from you, and, um, the sale ended. Yep. Nothing else to see here. Move along.

 
At 9/21/2007 10:12 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Dan, old pal, ol' matey, old buddy. Perhaps you could share a little more information about this source of cheap books...

 

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