Bultmann and myth

“The real purpose of myth is not to present an objective picture of the world as it is, but to express man’s understanding of himself in the world in which he lives. Myth should be interpreted not cosmologically, but anthropologically, or better still, existentially. Myth speaks of the power or the powers which man supposes he experiences as the ground and limit of his world and of his own activity and suffering. He describes these powers in terms derived from the visible world, with its tangible objects and forces, and from human life, with its feelings, motives, and potentialities …”

Extract from Kerygma and Myth by Rudolf Bultmann and Five Critics (SPCK, 1953).

Read this extract from Kerygma and Myth by Rudolf Bultmann and Five Critics (SPCK, 1953).

  • Concentrate on sections 2, 3 and 5.

 

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