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Liberal and anti-jewish

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Rudolf Bultmanns interest in Judaism is predominantly related to early Christianity, and his original research has no main focus on Judaism as such. It seems as though Bultmann maintained the picture of Judaism that he drew during his early period throughout his scholarly life. Bultmann was deeply involved in the discussion of the Aryan question and the Church. It concerned the freedom of the Church in general, and specifically the question of Jewish-Christian ministers and whether they had to be removed from their positions, just as Jewish officials in the State. Bultmanns public resistance to the regime was predominantly related to church politics; and Bultmann and Karl Barth both took a stand against National Socialist church policy. Martin Heidegger being a confessing National Socialist, Bultmanns friendship with the great philosopher has sometimes been used to taint Bultmann with the same ideology.

Keywords: Christianity; church politics; Judaism; Martin Heidegger; Rudolf Bultmann



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