Machen and Bultmann at Marburg

Bill Dennison discusses the possibility of a personal acquaintance between J. Gresham Machen and Rudolf Bultmann. Both men are key figures in opposing wings of Protestantism. Machen being the figurehead of conservative Presbyterianism in the early 20th c. as he founded Westminster Theological Seminary and led the movement to begin the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Rudolf Bultmann, on the other hand, pioneered the Second Quest of higher biblical criticism.

Dr. Dennison is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA and Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Northwest Theological Seminary in Lynnwood, WA. Dennison is the author of The Young Bultmann: Context for His Understanding of God, 1884–1925.



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6 Responses

  1. G. Kyle Essary

    More Bill Dennison! More Bill Dennison! Seriously, this was a great episode, and I thought the points on Barthianism toward the end were spot on.

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  3. It is interesting that according to Eta Linnemann, who was one of Bultmanns PhD students,
    Bultmann “…. on his death bed had recanted his critical views” see wikipedia

    Being a major representative of the historical-critical method, Eta Linnemann herself actually
    asked for destroying her previous work (on the historical-critical method)

    ” nach eigenen Angaben infolge eines Bekehrungserlebnisses im November 1977, von der historisch-kritischen Methode lossagte und darum bat, ihre bisherigen Veröffentlichungen zu vernichten.”


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