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Essays on the Social Gospel contains a fascinating comparison of the morals taught by Jesus versus the societal morals of the turn of the twentieth century. Adolph Harnack explores the difference between a burdensome works-based life and that which is inspired by Christ’s teachings, then analyzing social morals as taught in schools during his era. Education—a topic of equal weight today as it was one hundred years ago—is dissected, from its meaning and values to the dangers that its pursuit can entail, and is weighed against the teachings of Christ.

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Key Features

  • Examines biblical morals versus the morals of society in the early 1900s
  • Provides material well suited for students and pastors
  • Discusses the difference between works based salvation and the teachings of Jesus Christ


  • The Evangelical Social Mission in the Light of the History of the Church
    • Introductory
    • General Attitude of the Gospel Towards Social Arrangements
    • Historical Retrospect
    • Social Mission of the Church
  • The Moral and Social Significance of Modern Education
    • The Pursuit of Education
    • Meaning and Value of Education
    • Main Features of Modern Education
    • Dangers of Modern Education
  • The Moral Teachings of Jesus
    • The Sense in which the Gospel Becomes a Real Power
    • Conflict between the Evangelistic and Modern Outlook
    • The Real Mind of Jesus

Product Details

  • Title: Essays on the Social Gospel
  • Author: Adolph von Harnack
  • Editor: Maurice A. Canney
  • Translator: G. M. Craik
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 312

About Adolph von Harnack

Adolph von Harnack born in 1851 in Estonia, lived a life devoted to the study of church history and theology. He became a professor at age 24, and taught at the Universities of Leipzig, Giussen, Marbarg, and Berlin until his retirement at age 70. Although he was widely considered to be one of the most influential members of the Protestant church at the turn of the twentieth century, the Church of Germany believed his theology to be off-base and did not allow him to become an accredited clergyman. Harnack’s passion for the history of the Church led him to pen numerous resources on the matter, his most famous work perhaps being What Is Christianity? He continued his studies and writing until his death in 1930.

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