Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 1)

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Rudolf Bultmann Rudolf Bultmann

For as long as I’ve known the name “Rudolf Bultmann” it has been presented to me as something akin to “Darth Vader” or “Cruella De Vil”, i.e., the arch-liberal, the arch-nemesis of the drama known as “critical scholarship” of the Bible. While I am a confessing Christian it has become increasingly difficult over the years for me to trust the apologetics of my brothers and sisters. I appreciate their desire to defend orthodoxy, but I feel an ethical obligation, when possible, to make sure that I am somewhat familiar with the argument being rebutted, especially when the figure is a giant like Bultmann. (This isn’t always possible, for some theories are very fringe and there is not enough time in the day to investigate every claim made by each and every person.) So, I’ve been reading a biography on Bultmann while slowly processing some of his essays. I won’t pretend…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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