Why Study History? Reflecting on the Importance of the Past

ISBN-10: 0801039657
ISBN-13: 9780801039652
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Fea
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 9/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
What Do Historians Do?
In Search of a Usable Past
The Past Is a Foreign Country
Providence and History
Christian Resources for the Study of the Past
History for a Civil Society
The Power to Transform
So What Can You Do with a History Major?
Epilogue: History and the Church
Appendix: A Proposal for the Center for American History and a Civil Society
Subject Index

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