By Christoph Markschies
English precis: [The Hellenization of Christianity. The background and importance of a arguable Concept]Not simply within the writings of the recognized Berlin church historian and organizer of sciences Adolf von Harnack (1851-1930) has the Hellenization of Christianity develop into one of many totally primary different types for describing the formation of old Christianity. because the hugely debatable speech held by way of Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 at Regensburg demonstrates, for instance, this type performs a imperative position in theological in addition to old ancient conceptions of Christianity to today. typically the time period denotes a metamorphosis of Christianity via the Hellenistic-Roman tradition within the globalized Imperium Romanum. Christoph Markschies analyses the historical past of this time period and the hugely assorted definitions and ideas linked to it, he presents details on its frequently forgotten previous old importance - for instance in French Renaissance humanism - , and in spite of everything indicates how regardless of its from time to time complex prior heritage this idea can nonetheless be utilized in a significant way.