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|No. 41||Roman Theological Forum | Article Index | Study Program||May 1992|
by John F. McCarthy
Science is the knowledge of reality as such.These five definitions presuppose that there is one continuum of reality which reaches to everything that is real. When Bultmann proposed a double meaning of reality, he was either denying this continuum or making it irrelevant for theology, but, in doing so, he took his speculation out of the realm of science. Bultmann's thought, the entire system of his conclusions, belongs to the realm of fiction, not of fact, and, because he speculates in his thought about reality and uses an elaborate method and terminology, the exact genre of his writings is that of pseudoscience, which looks like science but is imaginary."24
History is the knowledge of the past as such.
Historical science is the knowledge of past reality as such.
Theological science is the knowledge of revealed reality as such.
The science of historical theology is the knowledge of past revealed reality as such.23