About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Bultmann on Preaching and Divine Action

It is notorious that Bultmann concedes the whole world of nature and history to the scientist and the historian, and locates the act of God purely at the tangential point at which the word of preaching is heard and responded to by the believer. Thus when a friend of mine went to see Bultmann in Marburg some years ago, and asked him to give an example of an act of God, Bultmann replied ‘a sermon’.

Brian L. Hebblethwaite, ‘Providence and Divine Action’, Religious Studies 14:2 (1978), pp. 223–236; quotation from p. 225

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