In his 1941 book, The New Testament and Mythology, the great German theologian Rudolph Bultmann made this famous statement:

“It is impossible to use electric light and the wireless and to avail ourselves of modern medical and surgical discoveries, and at the same time to believe in the New Testament world of spirits and miracles.

Bultmann’s program to remove the supernatural elements of scripture, or “demythologize” it, failed much to the delight of theologians of more conservative bent. However, replace electric light and wireless with the Internet and the smartphone and the problem he set out to address seems even more difficult now than when he wrote those words in 1941.

The world has changed in the two or three millenia since the scriptures were written. While it is foolish to insist that we can believe in the same manner as the ancient mind it is folly to insist that the modern mind has the corner on truth. The mind, ancient or modern, has one aim: get at the truth of this thing we call reality.

Dead Prophets is devoted to this discussion.

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