Posts tagged "history"

Mistreating History

The Reformed Reader quotes Carl Trueman's 2008 book, The Minority Report, on the two "disempowering" ways that churches approach history:
An idolatry of the new and the novel, with the concomitant disrespect for anything traditional; or a nostalgia for the past which is little more than an idolatry of the old and the traditional....

Normal predicaments of human divinity

Ann Neumann: Haaretz interviews Revealer contributing editor Scott Korb about his new book, “Life in Year One: What the World was Like in First-Century Palestine” and the challenges of writing history, particularly a history that has divine significance for so many. His objective, Korb says, was to do for Jesus’ contemporaries what Agee did in...

“Like Moby-Dick Without the Whale”

Such is any attempt to talk about the whole of American history without talking about Jonathan Edwards, according to historian George Marsden, author of a one of The Revealer‘s favorite books of 2003, a biography on the 18th-century theologian most famous for his “sinners in the hands of an angry God” sermon. Marsden is quoted in a U.S. News and World...

Does History have Meaning?

The media elite answer. The Revealer reports. You decide! By Jeff Sharlet Does history have meaning? And if so, what does it have to do with tomorrow’s headlines? Most of the participants at the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s December 7-9 Key West seminar on “religion and public life” wisely dodged the question, but a couple of...