Summer Reading: On Politics and Puritans

The blog has been on hiatus for the summer. Most of the department faculty have been away on research trips or vacation, or buried deep in research. Summer is also a good time to catch up on reading, though; over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring brief recommendations on great books and articles that …

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Growing and Learning as a Christian Historian

Part 6 (conclusion) of the Integration of Faith & History in the Classroom series by Dan Miller. These are tough issues for students (and professors) to grapple with, especially if they have not previously been asked to examine carefully and think deeply. Hence, I encourage them to see their education as a process rather than a result. …

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The Christian Historian and Empathy

Part 5 of the Integration of Faith & History in the Classroom series by Dan Miller. Few developments in the history of any group or individual can be reduced to simple matters of good and evil. Taking an empathetic approach to history means trying to understand the circumstances and perceptions that move people to action. None of …

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Christianity in Cuba after Normalization of Relations

by Dan Miller. Even those of us who try to keep up on news from Latin America were surprised by the announcement on December 17 that the US and Cuba were going to resume normal diplomatic relations. Evidently, representatives of the Obama administration and the government of Raul Castro had been discussing such a move …

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The Christian Historian and Common Humanity

Part 4 of the Integration of Faith & History in the Classroom series by Dan Miller. While I make no claim that Christian faith gives me supernatural insight into the subjects of my research and teaching, it does predispose me toward certain answers and makes me suspicious of others. I take it as a given, a literal …

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The Christian Historian, the Bible, and “Secular” History

Part 3 of the Integration of Faith & History in the Classroom series by Dan Miller. For me as a Christian believer as well as a historian, the Bible represents a bit of a conundrum. While it is relatively easy to see that the beginning chapters of Genesis and the concluding chapters of Revelation are “poetic” …

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