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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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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The Christian Historian and the Use of Evidence

Part 2 of the Integration of Faith & History in the Classroom series by Dan Miller. The discipline of history that is placed at the service of my Christian heart and mind is an attempt to situate ourselves in time and place and community. Who do I mean when I use the word “we”? Who are …

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On the Integration of Faith and History: Introduction

by Dan Miller. History is the way people situate themselves in time and place and community.[1] Hence, to ask what history means for me as a Christian, is to ask: how do I situate myself in time and place and community? Asked that way, the question has a simple answer: by placing the tools of …

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