With the onset of the twenty-first century, the impulse of our times is to escape from the implications of history, and replace it with whatever is fashionable or politically correct. The standards that have upheld Western Civilization have given way to relativism. Current historiography is being trivialized and politicized. Revisionist historians are rewriting history to suite the purposes of various pressure groups. This in effect makes history meaningless. If history has no meaning then it is proper for history to be revised according to the current politically correct point of view. Yet, if history has meaning it must be confronted, for the meaning of history conclusively affects our lives. This essay looks at this question, not only through the eyes of the historian, but also with references to the philosophical and theological implications of this problem. This work examines these issues and the ultimate meaning of history. It looks at how history has affected our culture, our civilization, and our lives. Its thesis delves into the different definitions of history, the role of the historian, and various philosophies of history. The role of Providence in history is also examined, as well as the final purpose and goal of history. This focus on the meaning of history in our civilization is necessary as we face the threats of the new millennium, if our society and culture are to survive and thrive, rather than decline and decay.
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This book covers not only the different major theories of how history is written, but what it means to the average person. After reading this work, the reader will know what the events of the past mean, and how it affects them personally.