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Why study history? : reflecting on the importance of the past

Author: John Fea
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Academic, [2013] ©2013
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The interpretation of the past is at the core of many of today's divisive political and cultural debates. In this introductory textbook, accomplished historian John Fea shows how studying the past can help us understand the present world in which we live. Deep historical thinking has the potential to transform the lives of individuals and society, because it enables us to understand those with whom we differ on  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Fea
ISBN: 9780801039652 0801039657
OCLC Number: 826685435
Description: ix,182 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: John Fea.

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The interpretation of the past is at the core of many of today's divisive political and cultural debates. In this introductory textbook, accomplished historian John Fea shows how studying the past can help us understand the present world in which we live. Deep historical thinking has the potential to transform the lives of individuals and society, because it enables us to understand those with whom we differ on important issues. Studying history can relieve us of our narcissism; cultivate humility, hospitality, and love; and transform our lives more fully into the image of Jesus Christ. Why Study History? explains 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. Professors and students of history will value this unique, accessible introduction to the study of history and the historian's vocation. - Publisher.

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