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Pannenberg’s dispute with Bultmann centers on revelation and its relationship to history. To Bultmann, faith and reason are totally separate, as are God’s history and man’s; the divine will is known only through the kerygma (proclamation) —God’s word as contained in Scripture, which is understandable only through faith. Pannenberg argues that Bultmann preaches a kind of “Biblical authoritarianism” of God’s word and, in effect, pushes Christian faith outside the boundaries of history. On the contrary, Pannenberg insists, God is not only the ground of all existence, but all of history is a revelation of his existence. A notable example of this is the history of ancient Israel, as recorded in the Bible. “It was the Jews who first discovered divine reality within the changes of history,” contends Pannenberg. “For this reason they, unlike other peoples, did not try to stem themselves against the new, but continued to see divine manifestations within the changes of history itself.”

Guess the source.

No, it’s not a dusty theological text. Nor is it a journal article. Nor even notes from a lecture.

It is from a religion section.

Time magazine’s religion section, in 1967.

On the back of my Theology of Hope book, first published in 1964. there’s a blurb from Newsweek commending Moltmann’s work.

It is amazing to me how much the coverage of religion has regressed from assessing some of the top theologians in the world to neato articles on the Gospel of Judas (with glossy photos!) and constant re-examinations of managing editor’s personal faith quests, or loss thereof.

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