Uniting History and Theology: A Theological Critique of the Historical Method

Uniting History and Theology: A Theological Critique of the Historical Method

by Seth Heringer


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Uniting History and Theology argues that, for too long, Christians primarily have used the historical method to make historical claims. In doing so, they have used a method grounded in an incomplete understating of German historicism, thereby closing off investigation of the past from the aesthetic and God. The author contends that Martin Kähler, Wolfhart Pannenberg, and N. T. Wright have been unsuccessful in their attempts to unify history and theology because they have not yet rejected the historical method as the primary way to think about past events. Unsatisfied with the various mixtures of history and theology, the volume looks to the contemporary philosophy of history for new approaches. After having examined these approaches and their critiques of the current historical method, the work proposes that an intentionally Christian method is needed. Setting out five cairns that mark the path forward for such a method, the author argues that narratives must be taken seriously; objectivity and neutrality do not exist in historical accounts; historians must find ways to unite the past, present, and future; aesthetics should be used to judge historical narratives; and Christians should write boldly Christian history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978700369
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 06/04/2018
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 1,218,128
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Seth Heringer is assistant professor of theology and scripture at Toccoa Falls College.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Revisiting German Historicism 2. Christian Reflection in the Shadow of Ranke 3. The Construction of History 4. The Theological Interpretation of History

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