Why Study the Past? the Quest For the Historical Church
The old saying about being condemned to repeat the history we don't know applies to Church history as much as to anything else. But we are often at a loss to know how to approach it. Much of what passed...
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The old saying about being condemned to repeat the history we don't know applies to Church history as much as to anything else. But we are often at a loss to know how to approach it. Much of what passed once for Church history was propagandist; and much of the best now written is brilliantly done but apparently detached from the Church's present needs. We need a theological approach to Church history but not one that is just partisan. In seeking to explore this need, Rowan Williams offers some reflection on how we think about the past in general - a complex issue in today's culture. Emerging from this is a sense of the importance of Church history as something that deepens our present thinking and obliges us to think with more varied and resourceful analogies about our present problems.
Rowan Williams(PC, DPhil, DD, FBA) is Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest office of the Church of England. Williams is a distinguished theologian and poet.He is the author of over twenty books including: Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love; Why Study the Past?; Anglican Identities; Darkness Yielding; Writing in the Dust: Reflections on 11th September and Its Aftermath: Arius: Heresy and Tradition; Christ on Trial; On Christian Theology; Open to Judgement: Sermons and Addresses; and Resurrection: Interpreting the Easter Gospel.