Religious Advocacy And American History

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Religious Advocacy and American History explores the general question of bias and objectivity in higher learning from the perspective of the role of religious convictions in the study of American history. The contributors to this book, many of whom are leading historians of American religion and culture, address primarily two related questions. First, how do personal religious convictions influence one's own research, writing, and teaching? And, second, what place should personal beliefs have within American ...
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Overview

Religious Advocacy and American History explores the general question of bias and objectivity in higher learning from the perspective of the role of religious convictions in the study of American history. The contributors to this book, many of whom are leading historians of American religion and culture, address primarily two related questions. First, how do personal religious convictions influence one's own research, writing, and teaching? And, second, what place should personal beliefs have within American higher education?
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Jonathan Tucker Boyd
...[W]ith all the open doorsfor all the ways we may be truly thankful for a modest loosening of the modernist gag order on religionis there anything left for Christian historians to pay about? Certainly....The roots of real humility lie deep in the Scripturesand we "premoderns" should continually recall that patent biblical fact. —Books & Culture: A Christian Review
Jonathan Tucker Boyd
...[W]ith all the open doors, for all the ways we may be truly thankful for a modest loosening of the modernist gag order on religion, is there anything left for Christian historians to pay about? Certainly....The roots of real humility lie deep in the Scriptures, and we "premoderns" should continually recall that patent biblical fact.
Books & Culture: A Christian Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802842602
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/18/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Christian Advocacy and the Rules of the Academic Game 3
Traditional Christianity and the Possibility of Historical Knowledge 28
On Critical History 54
Advocacy and Academe 65
Marxism, Christianity, and Bias in the Study of Southern Slave Society 83
Advocacy and the Writing of American Women's History 96
In Search of the Fourth "R": The Treatment of Religion in American History Textbooks and Survey Courses 112
What's So Special about the University, Anyway? 137
Understanding the Past, Using the Past: Reflections on Two Approaches to History 159
A Transcendentalist's Aristotle: Nonevangelical Reflections on Conviction and the Writing of History 179
Seldon's Choice: Variations on a Theme by Asimov 190
One Historian's Sundays 209
Afterword 221
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