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The Shape of the Past: A Christian Response to Secular Philosophies of History

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Dr. Montgomery contends that no one can "sit in a house by the side of the road and watch the world go by." Everyone is caught up in the flux of human life, and there is no naturalistic resting resting place within human history from which one can gain a universal, absolute perspective on man's life. Christianity is the only answer to this basic human predicament, for it claims, and by the resurrection backs up its claim, that there is a God and that He entered human history and...

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Overview

Dr. Montgomery contends that no one can "sit in a house by the side of the road and watch the world go by." Everyone is caught up in the flux of human life, and there is no naturalistic resting resting place within human history from which one can gain a universal, absolute perspective on man's life. Christianity is the only answer to this basic human predicament, for it claims, and by the resurrection backs up its claim, that there is a God and that He entered human history and revealed its essential nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606084496
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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John Warwick Montgomery is Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, England, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Patrick Henry College (Virginia, U.S.A.), and Director, International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights (Strasbourg, France). He holds ten earned degrees besides a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, the Doctorat d'Université from Strasbourg, France, and the LL.M. and LL.D. from the University of Cardiff, Wales/UK. A frequent contributor to Christianity Today, Dr. Montgomery has been honored by inclusion in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in France, and The Dictionary of International Biography. He is the author of some thirty books in the areas of theology, philosophy, and church history. He pleads cases before the European Court of Human Rights and has received the Patriarch's Medal of the Romanian Orthodox Church for his efforts in behalf of religious liberty. He is an ordained Lutheran pastor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 Philosophical Historiography 1

Foreword 3

1 History And Historiography 6

History

Historiography

Three Problems Necessitating "Sovereign Decision."

2 History As Time Travel 20

On the Nature of Time

Time Travel

3 The Classical-Christian Heritage In Historical Writing 34

Metaphysics and Myth

Classical Historiography

Biblical Historiography

The Middle Ages

Renaissance and Reformation

The Age of Systematization

4 Modern Historical Thought 66

History during the Age of Reason

The Nineteenth Century

The Contemporary Scene (Secular Scientific Historians; Secular Relativistic Historians)

5 The Christian Answer 114

Recent Theologies of History

The Validation of the Christian World-View

Principles of Christian Historical Interpretation (Metaphysical Principles; Ethical Principles; Anthropological Principles; Redemptive Principles)

Appendix

Afterword 181

Part 2 Critical And Epistemological Essays 183

Prefatory Note 185

1 Vico And The Christian Faith 187

2 The Importance Of A Materialistic Metaphysic To Marxist Thought And An Examination Of Its Truth Value 217

3 Constructive Religious Empiricism: An Analysis And Criticism 257

4 A Critique Of William James' Varieties Of Religious Experience 312

5 The Dependability And Value Of The Extant Gospel Manuscripts (by E. J. Barnes, B.A., M.A.) 341

6 The Petrine Theory Evaluated By Philology And Logic 351

7 A Critical Examination Of Emil Brunner's The Divine Imperative, BK. III 358

8 History: Public Or Private? A Defense Of John Warwick Montgomery's Philosophy Of History 375

Index Of Names 383

Supplemental Index 390

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