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More Than Dates and Dead People: Recovering a Christian View of History Paperback – September 20, 2000

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About the Author

STEPHEN MANSFIELD PhD is a teacher, administrator, counsellor, author, and pastor. He also is the author of dozens of articles and essays, three book-length monographs, and three highly acclaimed books including Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; Assumed First edition (September 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581821182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581821185
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Mansfield explains why learning history is important, and that it can be fun if it is taught with more meaning, one reads interesting authors, watches movies based on history, and reads historical fiction. He writes in a very entertaining style, and you might enjoy it even if you disagree with his conclusions.

The author takes you through a series of reasons it is important to understand the history of a nation in order to understand its current events and values. He gives some background of the history of the United States as an example.

He writes the book from a Christian standpoint, and includes facts about history that are interesting.

The author includes books for further reading, Web sites about history, and quotes about history from famous/infamous people, as well as the Bible.

The book could be improved if it were updated. For instance, the book was written in 2000 and it mentions modems which fewer people use. One of the links was outdated, but it had a page referencing the new Web site. Because it is a book about history, it is still relevant even with the few minor needed changes.
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I hated history in school, but now I understand why this was so! History was taught to me from the evolutionary, secular humanist mindset, and thus it could have no purpose, plan or meaning. I thoroughly enjoy history now, because I have been freed to see that all history, even our own seemingly inconsequential little lives, can have enormous influence.

Even if you are not Christian, Mr. Mansfield's method of dissecting history is spot on: you only need to understand 5 arenas as you examine the people and times of the past: 1) religion; 2) culture; 3) Law; 4) education; and 5) art.

What is religion? It is "ultimate concern." It is that to which men willingly give their lives, what occupies their thoughts, their money and their time. No society or individual is free from it, including Richard Dawkins.

What is culture? According to Mansfield, culture is "religion externalized." Differences between cultures are simply the expression of ultimate concerns that permeate a society. Understanding different cultures requires looking at the next three aspects (law, education and art).

What is law? It is a culture's attempt to set standards of moral behavior, to deal with matters of truth, fairness, and justice. I must quote Mansfield here: "You will sometimes hear people say, 'You can't legislate morality.' This isn't true, though. In fact, morality is all you can legislate. For example, why don't we have laws that require pink flowers in all second-story windows boxes? These laws sound silly, don't they? And the reason they sound silly is that they have nothing to do with morality, with right and wrong. That's why we have laws that deal with murder, stealing, personal assault, and discrimination.
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This is my favorite introduction to the study of history. This concise book is required summer reading for my homeschool academy humanities students. It is well written - easily digestible & interesting, generously seasoned with humor. The first sentence is an immediate hook. I cannot recommend this excellent book highly enough.
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Read it at one sitting. Excellent for middle school upward. Will help you understand what was, what is and especially what will be. My history teacher in 7th grade gave me a love of what was and made it come alive with personal insight into the lives and times of the past. If we don't know the past, we will repeat it. Certainly don't want to repeat a great deal of it.
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This ia a lightwieght book about a sometimes heavy wieght subject. It takes a novice at history and helps put it in a light that makes it relevant for study. This book would be very good for those who hate to study history. For those who already love history, it is a great example of looking at it in a different way.
It got only 4 stars because it was too short. I wanted more however, the author gave the reader the tools to do it on their own.
A Must Read for all History Buffs
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By A. Moss on January 9, 2015
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Not a real history book in the scholarly sense but we enjoyed reading it. It had a unique slant on history from a Christian perspective.
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