Why Study History? Reflecting on the Importance of the Past
What is the purpose of studying history? How do we reflect on contemporary life from a historical perspective and can such reflection help us better understand ourselves, the world around us, and the God we worship and serve? In...
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What is the purpose of studying history? How do we reflect on contemporary life from a historical perspective and can such reflection help us better understand ourselves, the world around us, and the God we worship and serve?
In this introductory textbook, accomplished historian John Fea shows why Christians should study history, how faith is brought to bear on our understanding of the past, and how studying the past can help us more effectively love God and others. Deep historical thinking can relieve us of our narcissism; cultivate humility, hospitality, and love; and transform our lives more fully into the image of Jesus Christ.
John Fea (PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook) is associate professor of American history and chair of the history department at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He is the author of "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?" and writes a popular daily blog, "The Way of Improvement Leads Home".
- What Is The Purpose Of Studying History? How Do We Reflect On Contemporary Life From A Historical Perspective And Can Such Reflection Help Us Better Understand Ourselves, The World Around Us, And The God We Worship And Serve?<br> <br> In This Introductory Textbook, Accomplished Historian John Fea Shows Why Christians Should Study History, How Faith Is Brought To Bear On Our Understanding Of The Past, And How Studying The Past Can Help Us More Effectively Love God And Others. Deep Historical Thinking Can Relieve Us Of Our Narcissism; Cultivate Humility, Hospitality, And Love; And Transform Our Lives More Fully Into The Image Of Jesus Christ.