publication . Article . 2021

The Authority of the Bible and the Church Fathers in Adolf von Harnack’s Thought

Dessy Valeria;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2021 Journal: Open Theology, volume 7, pages 317-330 (eissn: 2300-6579, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Abstract This article begins with an analysis of Adolf von Harnack’s research on biblical and patristic sources in regard to the development of the authoritative church. I provide a close textual analysis of Harnack’s The Origin of the New Testament and the Most Important Consequences of the New Creation (1914). This analysis shows that Harnack regarded biblical and patristic sources as extremely meaningful, as they provide a trustworthy account of the origins of Christianity, but they were also open to critical analysis. I continue this investigation with a close textual reading of Harnack’s correspondence with Karl Barth from 1923, in which the two theologians...
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free text keywords: Religious studies, adolf von harnack, karl barth, authority, biblical sources, patristic sources, epistemology, philosophy of religion, Religion (General), BL1-50
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