Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A home video of my talk: On Rudolf Bultmann – encountering Jesus today

I'm giving a fairly straightforward talk on Rudolf Bultmann in a couple of weeks at our church week away (Focus), in a stream called "Theologians You Should Know About", so I recorded this today to time myself. I quickly realised that it was going to be too long, so I have now trimmed it down and reshaped parts. Either way, here is the first version, door-knocks and phone call interruptions and all! I do hope it inspires some to give Bultmann another read.

The pdf handout, which will probably be useful, can be downloaded here. I have added some captions so you don't get too lost in my long-winded rambling!

By the way, Father Raniero Cantalamessa is doing a talk in this stream on Athanasius, which will definitely be worth downloading when it is available.


At 7/11/2012 9:32 PM, Blogger jstamps said...

I looked at your talk and thought it interesting. But what do the six subpoints under "Heidegger and a problematic philosophical tradition" have to do with Heidegger? Isn't Bultmann's problem more with Kant and neo-Kantian dualism than Heidegger?

At 7/11/2012 9:55 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Thanks for commenting.

I did not mean to include six subpoints under the heading "Heidegger and a problematic philosophical tradition". This was a single point under critiques of Bultmann.

And the point was that the (you are correct I think) largely neo-Kantian tradition lead to serious problems in B's theological proposal (I only touched on this, I admit), and furthermore, it was one which, I think, betrayed Heidegger, for whom all is temporal (here I am influenced by John McCumber, Time and Philosophy)

Thanks for listening in, though, any corrections on my handling of H or K are much appreciated.

At 7/11/2012 9:57 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Ah, I see where you got this from: the handout. Yea, I was not clear there. I was assuming it would be read together with hearing the talk, which clarifies that issue.

At 7/11/2012 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris, I promise you: you will be avenged!

I will find whomever did that to your hair and make them pay!

At 7/14/2012 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your talk. It's given me a deeper appreciation for Bultman; who I have passed by in the past.

You make a great point in that we do need to listen to what theologians are saying within their 'time' and 'circumstantial experience' (my terminology) framework, to truly understand what it is they are saying, and why.

At 7/16/2012 12:04 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Thanks, Craig, really appreciate your comment. If you fancy picking up a Bultmann book, I recommend vol 1 of his NT Theology. You can pick these up second hand for very little these days, I should think


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