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The contributors to Confessing History ask how vocation of historian affects followers of Christ. Written from several different theological and professional points, the essays collected in this volume explore vocation of historian and its place in both personal and professional lives of Christian disciples.
Reasons for Our Rhymes provides a fascinating chronological overview of the major philosophical approaches to human history. Herrera clearly presents the ideas and influences of key figures from the past two thousand years showing how these thinkers initiated a paradigm for our understanding of the meaning of history.
Building on work of major twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, entering into sharp critical debate with him, this book sets to examine value and potential of a 'theodramatic' conception of history. By engaging in dialogue not only with theologians and philosophers, the book makes theological principles open and indebted to literary forms, and seeks how such theology might be applied to a world intrinsically and thoroughly historical.
Smit discusses the influence of one's world view on practice and appreciation of history, significance of the question of the meaning of history as an answer to the a-historical-mindedness of our time, and the fundamental flaw of the modernist theory of knowledge and philosophy of science.
What is history? This question can be taken in many ways, including radically skeptical ones, but in 'Allegorizing History' Timothy J. Furry asks the questions not with that axe to grind but because it has become clear to him, through study of Bede and other ancient Christians, that history is not so simple.
In this concise volume, historian David Bebbington offers a summary of various theories of history from ancient times down to the present. Patterns in History provides Christian students of history with a trusted guidein what Mark Noll has described as "the best evangelical introduction to the history of history writing."
After a flurry of heated debates in the mid-twentieth century over the relationship between faith and history, the dust seems to have settled. The parties have long since dispersed into their separate camps. The positions are entrenched and loyalties are staked out.This first volume in the New Explorations in Theology is a deliberate attempt to kick up the dust again, but this time as a constructive development of what is now being called "apocalyptic theology."
Christian faith complicates the task of historical writing. It does so because Christianity is at once deeply historical and profoundly transhistorical. Christian historians taking up the challenge of writing about the past have thus struggled to craft a single, identifiable Christian historiography. Overlapping, and even contradictory, Christian models for thinking and writing about the past aboundâfrom accountings empathetic toward past religious expressions, to history imbued with Christian moral concern, to narratives tracing God's movement through the ages.
Historians of religion face complex interpretive issues when examining religious texts, practices, and experiences. Faithful Narratives presents the work of twelve eminent scholars whose research has exemplified compelling strategies for negotiating the difficulties inherent in this increasingly important area of historical inquiry. The chapters range chronologically from Late Antiquity to modern America and thematically from the spirituality of near eastern monks to women's agency in religion, considering familiar religious communities alongside those on the margins and bringing a range of spiritual and religious practices into historical focus. Focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the essays address matters central to the study of religion in history, in particular texts and traditions of authority, interreligious discourse, and religious practice and experience.
Integrating faith and Western history, a Christian perspective on the major epochs, issues, and events of Western Civilization. It details the role of the Greeks and Hebrews, Jesus in history, the Renaissance, and more.
In exploring foundational issues of perspective and theory, engaging discrete themes such as feminism, puritanism, and missiology, and discussing the application of religious insights in teaching history, this excellent collection of essays forthrightly addresses the "epistemological crisis" brought on by postmodern critique of truth and demonstrates positive implications of Christian perspective for the study of history and historiography.