Essays on the Social Gospel

by Adolf Harnack


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As Harnack saw it, the church of his day had become mired in unnecessary and even damaging creeds, dogmas, and theological systems. In his major works, he sought to return Christianity to its roots by tempering theology and tradition with historical criticism. Instead of ideas and ideological systems, Harnack focused on actions. He believed Christianity, rather than a list of beliefs to check off, was a way of life. In his Essays on the Social Gospel, he encourages Christians not only to care for the poor and the oppressed, but also to incorporate love and charity into every action.

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Adolf Harnack
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: May 7, 1851, Governorate of Livonia
Died: June 10, 1930, Heidelberg
Related topics: Christianity--Essence, genius, nature, Christianity, Church history--Primitive and early church, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Germany
Basic information: Adolf von Harnack (7 May 1851–10 June 1930), was a German Lutheran theologian and prominent church historian. He produced many religious publications from 1873-1912. Harnack traced the influence of Hellenistic philosophy on early Christian writing and called on Christians to question the authenticity of doctrines that arose in the early Christian church.
Popular works: Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries , History of Dogma - Volume I, Origin of the New Testament, History of Dogma - Volume IV, Apostles' Creed

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