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Demythologization - Existential Interpretation
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Part of Demythologization:

1. General

2. Existential Interpretation

1. Nature. The idea of existential interpretation corresponds to the positive aspect of Bultmann’s hermeneutical project, just as demythologization expresses its negative side. “Myth”, he explains, “does not call for a cosmological interpretation, but an anthropological or rather an existential one . . . In the mythology of the New Testament, it is not the objective content of the representations in itself that must be studied, but the u…

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René Marlé, “Demythologization - Existential Interpretation”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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