Religion: Christianity & Myth

In the ancient German town of Marburg, in a hillside villa overlooking the lazy River Lahn, lives a storm center of European Protestantism. Rudolf Karl Bultmann, 72, napping in his book-crammed study or limping through his grounds with his wife and daughter, does not look like an intellectual tornado. But in Germany, where ideas are apt to detonate like buzz bombs, sending shock waves through university faculties, student cafés and editorial rooms, the ideas of Rudolf Bultmann have set off a major furor.

In U.S. seminaries Lutheran Rudolf Bultmann is best known as one...

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