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2005) ‘The Case for Demythologization’, in Myth and Christianity: An Inquiry into the Possibility of Religion without Myth, trans. Norbert Guterman Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, pp. 64–5. 22 Bultmann, R. Jesus Christ and Mythology, p. 36. 19 37 bultmann unlocked Jesus, or a world-view, it is the salvation event. Bultmann is not denying the historic event – it is essential – but the scandal is not merely remembered as a historic event, it is realized by faith. ’24 Although it is clearly impossible, assume for the sake of argument that it could be proven that Jesus existed, was crucified, died and was resurrected, and everyone agreed that these are facts – then would everyone be Christian?

If he rejects assumed objective historical research as Historie alone, but uses historical research through Geschichte, which places a great emphasis upon the interpreter’s subjectivity, then it must be the case that his method leads to solipsism or subjectivism. His method must be one of subjectivism since pre-understanding is so important. Bultmann’s dialogue with history must only be a dialogue with himself. Bultmann, however, reacts as strongly against unfettered subjectivism as he does against assumed objectivity.

59 Bultmann, R. New Testament and Mythology, p. 23. Bultmann, R. Jesus Christ and Mythology, p. 32. 56 Macquarrie, J. The Scope of Demythologizing: Bultmann and his Critics, p. 168. 57 Bultmann, R. Theology of the New Testament, p. 66. , p. 251. 59 Fuller, R. H. (1962) The New Testament in Current Study New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, p. 11. 54 55 45 bultmann unlocked However, despite the value Bultmann places on the historicalcritical method he renounces any foundational claim derived from the historical-critical method.

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