History And The Christian Historian / Edition 1

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This volume arises out of special concerns of historians who are also Christians. What case can be made for connecting historical work and religious convictions? What is the relation of faith to history? What difference could Christian perspectives make in historical study? Thirteen respected scholars - including some who have changed the face of history writing in the twentieth century - here take up a diversity of subjects in giving a provisional answer to these important questions. 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 the postmodern critique of truth and demonstrates the positive implications of a Christian perspective for the study of history and historiography.
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Editorial Reviews

Andrews University Seminary Studies
This volume is essential to anyone concerned with issues of historical theory as they relate to the possibility of Christian history. The presence of women contributors and the interaction with postmodern questions give this volume a unique cast and make it of special contemporary relevance.
Douglas A. Sweeney
...[a]n ideal opportunity for an expressino of gratitude to the history department of Calvin College....[testifies] further to Calvin College's unparalleled leaership in the field of Christian historiography....One does not need to be a Calvinistor a historian...to appreciate this thinking and its influence... —Books & Culture: A Christian Review
Douglas A. Sweeney
...[a]n ideal opportunity for an expressino of gratitude to the history department of Calvin College....[testifies] further to Calvin College's unparalleled leaership in the field of Christian historiography....One does not need to be a Calvinist, or a historian...to appreciate this thinking and its influence...
Books & Culture: A Christian Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802845368
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/17/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Perspective and Theory
What Difference Might Christian Perspectives Make? 11
Between "Romance" and "True History": Historical Narrative and Truth Telling in a Postmodern Age 23
Critical Historical Judgment and Biblical Faith 41
History in Search of Meaning: The Conference on Faith and History 68
II Discrete Themes and Subjects
Men, Women, and God: Some Historiographical Issues 91
The Potential of Missiology for the Crises of History 106
Whose Story, Which Story? Memory and Identity among Baptists in the South 124
Selves and Others in Early New England: Refashioning American Puritan Studies 137
The Little White Church: Historiographical Revisions about Religion in Rural America 159
Decoding Conflicted History: Religion and the Historiography on Northern Ireland 178
III Applications for Teaching History
Teaching History, the Gospel, and the Postmodern Self 205
Doing Justice in History: Using Narrative Frames Responsibly 220
Christianity, History, and Multiculturalism 235
Contributors 247
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