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Demythologization - General
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Part of Demythologization:

1. General

2. Existential Interpretation

1. The problem. Bultmann was not the first to affirm the existence of myths in the NT. It was he, however, who centred the theological and exegetical problem on the question of the necessity of a demythologization. And it is because of what he sought to do that the problem of demythologization occupies many theologians and exegetes at the present time.

The idea of the necessity of demythologization is already found several times in Bultmann's early works. It was in 1941, however, that he gave it …

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René Marlé, “Demythologization - General”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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