Christian and Historian

In 13 History on 2011/04/09 at 1:32 AM

Recently I heard a noted historian say that a historian is trained to be a cynic.  It is said that a cynic is considered a doubter. In the discipline of history, one has to search for the truth.  This implies the need to question in order to verify the credibility of the statement or source or both.

A Christian historian certainly follows this methodological procedure which is a hallmark of historiography; however, he does not use the same measure for matters of faith because these are of a totally different nature.  The matters of faith are revealed truths, which Jesus Christ the Son of God revealed.  The believer accepts these easily because he is accepting them on the Word of God who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

The Christian historian has one tremendous advantage in that he can more accurately evaluate the past in the light of Truth and apply it to the present, so that it can be a reliable guide for the future.


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