Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries

by Adolf Harnack

Summary

History remembers Harnack as one who refused to limit literary and historical study of the Bible. This work traces the history of the church from the time of the apostles to the time of the first church councils. In particular, he sought out the influence of Greek philosophy upon early Christian writings, including its creeds. Ultimately, he would come to see said Greek influence as a thing that corrupted the gospel message. Because of this, he rejected the Gospel of John as an accurate portrayal of the historical Jesus in favor of the three Synoptic Gospels.

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Born: May 7, 1851
Died: June 10, 1930
Related topics: History, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Church history--Primitive and early church, Theology, Doctrinal, Christianity, …
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