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Essay on the book Christianity in the first three centuries by Adolf Harnack
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Student’s Name: Professor’s Name: Subject: 01 February 2013 A Critical Review of the Book Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries By Adolf Von Harnack Introduction: Adolf Von Harnack (1851-1930) is one of the most popular western theologians.
Thus, the religion of Christianity has “become a power” (Harnack 312). Initially, Christianity has been known as a part of Judaism; subsequently, it has become one of the most dominant religions in the world. In its evaluation as a popular religion, it has attained a powerful grip on humanity. Harnack, by analyzing both historical developments of dogma and of the relation of the church to the state, along with missionary movement of Christians, investigates the expansion of this religion. Christianity has received a strong foundation to grow and the time too has been perfect in a certain sense, despite the stiff oppositions, constant attacks, enemies, unfavorable rulers and authorities. Harnack’s work is divided into three sections. The first section deals with the humble but dynamic beginning, with the background of Judaism, and the emergence of Jewish religion. Then it goes on to the mission, consequently segregating from the mainstream. The second section concerns with the contents of the message that influenced the Christians with such a powerful force. The third section dwells on different methods employed, and hostility suffered in the voyage of the mission until it attained the recognition of the masses. ...
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