Theology: An Existential Way Of Reading the Bible

When God spoke to man centuries ago, it was far easier to believe that the sun stood still or water turned into wine. But what is science-minded man to make of the Bible? How can he extract its real meaning for today from a hard-to-swallow supernatural framework? These are not easy questions, and lately they have been getting a rather hard answer from Dr. Rudolf Bultmann's Marburg Disciples (TiME, June 21), who dominate German theology the way the Russians rule chess. They call their answer "the new hermeneutic."

Solving the problem of hermeneutic —meaning the theory of interpretation —is a...

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