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Christianity and History


A & C Black 1896

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Christianity and History was originally a lecture to the Berlin branch of the Evangelical Union, an organization founded to help protect the Protestant Church from being merged with the Roman Catholic Church. The object of the lecture is “to show in what sense religion, and more especially the Christian religion, can be said to be dependent upon historical facts: how far it is established, if certain alleged events are proved to have actually happened; how far it is overthrown, if they are found to be the product of myth or incredible legend.” The question of whether or not history supports Christianity of high importance, and Adolph Harnack’s years of study on the history of dogma well equip him to answer the question. Only 86 pages, this concise lecture is packed with history and persuasive argument for the historical validity of Christianity.

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Key Features

  • Utilizes the culmination of years of study on the history of dogma
  • Provides material well suited for students, pastors, and laity alike
  • Discusses the historical validity of Christianity


  • Introductory Note
  • Christianity and History
    • Personality and Development
    • Personality and Principle
    • Personality and History

Product Details

  • Title: Christianity and History
  • Author: Adolph von Harnack
  • Translator: Thomas Bailey Saunders
  • Publisher: Adam & Charles Black
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 86

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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