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ISBN-13: 978-0060692964 ISBN-10: 0060692960 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (July 19, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060692960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060692964
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Integrating faith with introductory Western history, this text provides a Christian perspective on the major epochs, issues, and events of Western Civilization. It details the role of the Greeks and Hebrews, Jesus in history, the Renaissance, and more.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Putting together God and history is always difficult. I like this book very much for two reasons. 1) The introduction deals with method in history and which place you can give God in historical science. 2) The review of the history of Western civilization(s) is simply great. I don't quite agree with the author's perspective in the introduction, but it is one of the good contributions I have seen on the subject. Studying history of Reformation myself, I found the insights in the book very good and challenging. This book not the ultimate answer to the question God and history, but a good beginning. I'd recommend it to people who study history (whether Christian or not).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Ludwig on August 9, 2005
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Prof. Wells has written a book that is a must reading for all Christian history teachers at every level of education and for all Christians who aspire to be informed. I note that the work is most beneficial for history teachers because, for the layperson, the historical references to Rousseau, Locke, Newton, and many others moves by very quickly, and it will probably be helpful if one already is familiar with these figures because a lot is not explained.

This is a "no frills" work that brings us to the present historical situation or crisis (the term "crisis" is important to Prof. Wells, and I concur). He shows us that the secular-scientific-humanist world view that is dominant today is, indeed, a new religion that is in opposition to Christianity. The Christian person and the Christian worldview is at a disadvantage in this present historical crisis, but there is hope. Devotion to one's Christian faith can still produce wonderful accomplishments in one's personal activities as well as in the social and political realm. (He gives examples of five great people who have gone forth in the name of Jesus Christ to help a fallen world.) Still, our greatest hope for Prof. Wells is that the "City of Man" was, is, and always will be passing away as the tropism, so to speak, of Western Civilization is always towards "the City of God."

The book is overwhelmingly satisfying, but I have given it four stars instead of five because, insofar as it is aimed to Christian readers as the author states, it could only have been strengthened by quotations from Scripture. Also, the writing might have been more carefully edited in sections. Nonetheless, again, I say to all educated Christians and especially to Christian history teachers: Read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Swanson on December 16, 2008
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The book is a little dated, but it is still relevant. It is not a casual read unless you are history of philosopy major. He tends to be very supportive of the historical Catholic Church and even criticizes those split instead of trying to purify the church, but he still does do a masterful job in explaining the influences of history and Christian thought on each other.

It may not be a must read for a layman, but it is full of food for thought for the serious thinker.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Schwinger on December 3, 2011
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I agree with Ronald Wells's view on the purpose for studying history, that it's about "understanding other humans in the past, and in that understanding we may understand ourselves better." (pg. 232) What a brave undertaking to write a Christian-based history of western civilization that will be acceptable to Catholics and Protestants! Typical of his disarming style is this statement about the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation, pg. 114: "They were not solely theological (in the narrow definition) but were about the meaning of theology in social and political contexts." This kind of statement helps readers see that "Protestant" or "Catholic" do not just mean doctrine, but also have good and bad potential socio-politically.

One of the best qualities of Wells's work is his proactive attempt to avoid generalizing, cautioning the reader at many points to not generalize too much. For example, he presents the Renaissance, which was the revival of humanities and sciences due to the rediscovery of Greco-Roman classicism, as an amoral thing. The humanities and sciences can reveal more about the mind of God but also can encourage man to rely on himself. He also avoids generalizing too much about the Reformation. When talking about the Reformation, he looks at pros and cons on the bases of beliefs and the division and violence that resulted. He remains remarkably objective, given his own Protestantism, because he's looking at how much the Reformation honored God. In his and my belief, the Reformation honored God theologically, but the strife, for which Protestants were as much to blame as Catholics, was sinful.

I find his material about the 1700s a bit less helpful because I think he misinterprets the Enlightenment.
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By kfrazier on February 12, 2014
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This is a good read for those who wish to have a deeper understanding of the Role of God in history. I recommend it as it is not only a good value, but it will get you thinking.
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