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Essentials of Worldview Analysis - Lesson 2

Philosophy of History (part 2)

We continue with Bultman's view of history and his idea of myth, gnosticism, and demythologizing. Nash concludes with a discussion of historical knowledge and interpersonal knowledge, and models of faith.

Ronald Nash
Essentials of Worldview Analysis
Lesson 2
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Philosophy of History (part 2)

Philosophy of History

Part 2
 

I. Bultmann’s view of History

 

II. Three additional kinds of myth in the Bible

A. Biblical language that conflicts with modern psychology

B. Traditional Christian dogma

C. Intervention of a supernatural god into time and space

 

III. Bultmann and Gnosticism

 

IV. Demythologizing the New Testament

 

V. Why Bultmann Disjoins Faith and History

A. Makes faith palatable

B. History too uncertain

C. Doctrine of justification by faith

 

VI. The verdict of post-Bultmannian theology

 

VII. Historical knowledge and interpersonal knowledge

 

VIII. Models of faith

A. Leaning or resting

B. Walking on a tight rope

C. Leap

 

IX. Christian Faith


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  • Nash introduces the idea of World View Thinking, followed by the Philosophy of History, Collingwood's theory of history, and Bultmann and his historical idealism.

  • We continue with Bultman's view of history and his idea of myth, gnosticism, and demythologizing. Nash concludes with a discussion of historical knowledge and interpersonal knowledge, and models of faith.

  • An introduction to American political philosophy, and the State and Statism

A seminary-level version of this class is available in our Institute.