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Confessing History suggests that there is a Christian version of Ambrose’s Law, which the editors would probably call Marsden’s Law. Their objects of concern are historians such as George Marsden and Mark Noll, who have won the respect of their profession. The worry is that by seeking success with that audience, Christian historians have failed to be sufficiently Christian.” 
 
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“Green and his fellow editors are to be commended for building upon the work of the older generation of Reformed and evangelical scholars, who since the 1960s have been asking hard questions about the Christian historian’s vocation in the present age.” 
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About the Author

John Fea is associate professor of American history at Messiah College.

Jay Green is associate professor of history at Covenant College.

Eric Miller is associate professor of history at Geneva College.

Contributors: John Fea, Jay Green, Eric Miller, Mark R. Schwehn, Una M. Cadegan, Beth Barton Schweiger, Thomas Albert Howard, William Katerberg, Michael Kugler, Bradley J. Gundlach, Christopher Shannon, James B. LaGrand, Lendol Calder, Robert Tracy McKenzie, Douglas A. Sweeney, Wilfred M. McClay

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1st Edition edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268029032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268029036
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would give it 3.5 stars. Fea, Miller and others have done sincere work but it is neither Christian nor confessional and also lacks philosophy other than the presumed and passe, subjectivist Kierkegaardianism and representational realist Kantianism. There is scant reference to Scripture, theology, and very little to the confession. Miller for example is a member a church that subscribes to the Westminster Confession which espouses a providential view of history e.g. God providentially forming and preserving the canon of the Bible throughout history, but they reject this idea. The more Christian theological and philosophical thought of objectivist John Woodbridge (or even anti-postmodern, historical maximalist Gary North who understands history belongs to God and the church not to atheist-approved institutions and court historians bent on promoting an academic career, political agenda for profit, etc) would better serve Christian readers. Woodbridge is a providential historian, not a postmodern, and yet not so dogmatically opposed to other views unlike lesser historical minimalist, scholar and person Eric Miller. Further, North and Woodbridge understand the importance of Godliness over and against professionalism more.
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Wonderful book. Every Christian student of history should own it!
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This is a must read for Christian historians, whether in the research university setting or a seminary or divinity school. The essays address the key issues facing believing historians.
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