Some aspects of Adolf von Harnack’s criticism on Orthodox tradition

Show simple item record Buda, Daniel 2013-10-02T10:22:46Z 2013-10-02T10:22:46Z 2013-06-18
dc.description This article is a revised version of a lecture presented under the same title on 10 February 2011 in Leeds Trinity University College, as part of the Eastern Christian Studies Seminars. The Reverend Dr Daniel Buda is a research fellow, participating with Prof. Dr Graham Duncan, Head of the Department of Church History and Polity of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. en
dc.description.abstract The aim of this article is to present the critique that Adolf von Harnack (1851–1930) formulated on the Orthodox tradition in his famous book Das Wesen des Christentums, as well as to comment on its affirmations in the context of his time and way of thinking and to try and find explanations for his criticism. The article concludes that although Harnack’s critique on the Orthodox tradition may have presented negative perception of Orthodoxy, particularly amongst Protestants and many Orthodox theologians who were furious after reading his paper, yet, his critical affirmations also have constructive aspects. However, some of the conclusions of Harnack’s criticism are genuinely rejected by the Orthodox theologians and are no longer sustainable. As a theologian, Harnack cannot be considered an opponent of the modern ecumenical movement, but rather as one of its pioneers. Harnack could be included in the category of frank ecumenists who prefer to express in a critical, but constructive way that which he believes about his own Christian tradition, as well as other Christian traditions. en
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dc.identifier.citation Buda, D., 2013, ‘Some aspects of Adolf von Harnack’s criticism on Orthodox tradition’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 69(1), Art. #1949, 6 pages. en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1949
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en
dc.rights © 2013. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en
dc.subject Orthodox tradition en
dc.subject Adolf von Harnack (1851–1930) en
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity -- Controversial literature en
dc.title Some aspects of Adolf von Harnack’s criticism on Orthodox tradition en
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