This article focuses on the ‘New Hermeneutics’ as a development of the hermeneutics of
Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger and Bultmann. The notion ‘hermeneutical theology’ is
explained. From the perspective of the camaraderie between Gerhard Ebeling and Ernst Fuchs,
the article describes the life story of Fuchs and the hostile antagonism he experienced from
conservative church circles in Germany. It points out Fuchs’s indebtedness on the hermeneutical
legacy of Bultmann and emphasises Ebeling’s support and collegiality.
This article is dedicated to Professor Dr Graham Duncan, a church historian who has introduced to his
Pretoria colleagues the truism that reformation means transformation, and that transformation is
conversion’s other side of the coin.