Harnack's insights into the what of Christianity from a scholarly, t a theological point of view from any demination, surprises the reader with keen insights from that period. Adolf von Harnack (1851-1930) was a German theologian and prominent church historian. This book contains Harnack's lectures that were originally given during the 1899-1900 winter semester at the University of Berlin. For Harnack, the Christian religion is something simple and sublime; it means one thing and one thing only: Eternal life in the midst of time, by the strength and under the eyes of God. He suggests, either the Gospel is in all respects identical with its earliest form, in which case it came with its time and has departed with it; or else it contains something which, under differing historical forms, is of permanent validity.
Adolf von Harnack (1851-1930), was a German 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. He rejected the gospel of John in favor of the synoptic gospels, criticized the Apostles' Creed, and promoted the social gospel. In the 19th century, higher criticism flourished in Germany, establishing the historical-critical method as an academic standard for interpreting the Bible and understanding the historical Jesus (see Tubingen school). Harnack's iconoclastic work is part of this tradition.