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Monasticism: Its Ideals and History and The Confessions of St Augustine

by Adolf Harnack

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As well as authoring hundreds of pages on church history, Harnack gave several relatively well-known lectures. Provided here are two of his most famous talks, Monasticism: Its Ideals and History and The Confessions of St. Augustine. Concerning monasticism, Harnack addressed questions about what it meant to live a monastic life and what sort of ideals monastic communities held. As such a prominent force in early and medieval Christianity, the historian explores how wider Christian culture has imbibed monastic principles. Similarly, when Harnack speaks about St. Augustine and his almost legendary Confessions, he seeks out the illustrious saint’s stamp upon all theology and Church practice following him. Harnack was known to be a charismatic orator, and his lectures are consequently interesting, informative, and accessible all at the same time.

Kathleen O’Bannon
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About Adolf Harnack
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Adolf Harnack
Source: Wikipedia
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Born: May 7, 1851, Governorate of Livonia
Died: June 10, 1930, Heidelberg
Related topics: Christianity--Essence, genius, nature, Christianity, Church history--Primitive and early church, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Germany
Basic information: Adolf von Harnack (7 May 1851–10 June 1930), was a German Lutheran 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.
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