In the Afrikaans-speaking South African theological context, there was little positive regard
for Bultmann’s work, especially for his demythologising program. More than seventy years
have passed since Bultmann’s 1941 essay on demythologising started a lively debate. For
most, Bultmann and his legacy have receded into the past. With the 130th commemoration of
Bultmann’s birthday this year, it seems appropriate to revisit his 1941 essay on demythologising.
The purpose of this paper is to listen again to the voice of Bultmann, unhindered by the
interpretations of his work by others. This is possible, as the dust has long settled after the
demythologisation debate. This exercise may reveal that Bultmann’s work is still relevant in
our new theological context.