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History and Eschatology: The Presence of Eternity

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History & Eschatology charts the shift away from an ancient cyclical interpretation of history to teleological & eschatological alternatives. Bultmann explains the fundamental shift in historical understanding introduced in the Judeo-Christian tradition & explains why the disappointment faced by the early church in Christ’s belated return prompted a reinterpret ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1975 by Greenwood Publ. Group (first published June 1955)
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Erik Graff
Jan 05, 2011 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Erik by: Walter Wink
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This is one of the unread books picked up on Broadway and carried back to Chicago after graduation from seminary. In it, Bultmann expands upon his existentialist Christianity. The Parousia did not and will not occur in time. The belief in a second coming in history is understandable under the conditions of the early church, but absurd today. An essence of the Christian message, however, still remains after the excission of the mythology.

Despite his rather dry style, I appreciate Bultmann. The de
Apr 21, 2008 Patrick\ rated it liked it
Eschatology (the end game) has always disturbed me. Bultmann has some remarkable insights, such as St. Paul being a religious anarchist, Jesus having the end game each moment of one's life, and John (the other one) writing the finale that's the stuff of Christian horror films-cum-Baptist-sermons.

There is eternity as human construct, of course. What really is is ?

I think it a 3.5 star. But then this place doesn't give me that option. Could I vote twice, once a 3 another a 4 to get there?
Jun 03, 2015 G0thamite rated it really liked it
A "must read" if you want to understand Christian Existentialism and how Bultmann understands history and Christianity.
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Made a big impression on me when I read it, nearly thirty years ago.
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Bultmann on history: is that dangerous or fascinating?
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Rudolf Karl Bultmann (August 20, 1884, Wiefelstede – July 30, 1976, Marburg) was a German theologian of Lutheran background, who was for three decades professor of New Testament studies at the University of Marburg. He defined an almost complete split between history and faith, called demythology, writing that only the bare fact of Christ crucified was necessary for Christian faith
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