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Eschatological Existence in Barth and Bultmann

Christopher Asprey

in Eschatological Presence in Karl Barth's Göttingen Theology

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584703
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584703.003.0002
Eschatological Existence in Barth and Bultmann

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Barth's theology in Göttingen may be usefully situated by comparing and contrasting it with Rudolf Bultmann's during the same period. The comparison is drawn by examining Bultmann's Jesus and the Word alongside Barth's lectures on Ephesians, followed by Barth's lectures on 1 Corinthians next to Bultmann's review article of this text. Their perspectives coincide over the conviction that human existence in the presence of God must have an eschatological character. In turn, this generates difficulties: first, in giving a positive account of theological language; secondly, in articulating correctly the relation between eschatological existence and christology. Here, it is the doctrine of the resurrection that suffers. Bultmann tends to resolve into hard oppositions, what are left as matters of tension in Barth's theology.

Keywords: Bultmann; christology; eschatological existence; language; resurrection

Chapter.  10610 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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