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What is Christianity

What is Christianity

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By Adolf Harnack
By Adolf Harnack

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What is Christianity
Lectures Delivered in the University of Berlinduring the Winter-Term 1899-1900By Adolf .HarnackRector of, and Professor of Church History in, the University, andMember of the Royal Prussian Academy, BerlinTranslated into EnglishBy Thomas Bailey SaundersAUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE ENGLISHEDITION* To meet the wishes of my English friends I haveassented to the publication of these Lectures in English*as well as in German, and as my esteemed friendN Mr. Bailey Saunders was so self-denying and obliging£ as to undertake the translation of them, I was sure>K < of their being in the best hands. Whether there is as
^ great a need in England as there is in Germany for ao short and plain statement of the Gospel and its history,» I do not know. But this I know : the theologians of  \ every country only half discharge their duties if they^ think it enough to treat of the Gospel in the recondite5 language of learning and bury it in scholarly folios.i4A. HARNACK.X Berlin, October, rgoo.iTRANSLATORS PREFACEThe following Lectures were delivered extempore toa class of some six hundred students drawn from allthe Faculties in the University of Berlin. An enthusi-astic listener took them down in shorthand, and atthe close surprised Professor Harnack with a completereport of what he had said. A few alterationssufficed to transform the Lectures into a book, andGerman readers everywhere were thus happily enabledto share in some of the privileges of the originalaudience.I deem it an honour to have any hand in offering tomy fellow-countrymen a similar advantage. Goethe,writing in his last years to Carlyle, described trans-lators, in grandiloquent language, as the agents of 
intellectual commerce among the nations. The dutyof such agency in regard to the contents of this volumeI have done my humble best to discharge, convinced asI am that in the traffic in ideas between Germany andthe English-speaking peoples all over the world boththe matter of Professor Harnack' s discourse and thespirit in which he treats it are alike worthy of attention.T. BAILEY SAUNDERS.London, November, iqoo.CONTENTSPAGXGeneral Scope op the Lectures . . . iI. THE GOSPEL: Preliminary 10(i.) The Leading Features of Jesus' Message 21The kingdom of God and its coming . 56God the Father and the infinite value of the human soul 68The higher righteousness and the com-mandment of love ... 76(ii.) The Gospel in Relation to CertainProblems 84The Gospel and the world, or the ques-

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