THE HISTORIAN AND THE BELIEVER: The Morality of Historical Knowledge and Christian Belief by Van Austin Harvey

THE HISTORIAN AND THE BELIEVER: The Morality of Historical Knowledge and Christian Belief

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The ""problem of faith and history"" is the central concern of the author in this volume. The problem focuses on the application of critical historical methods to the New Testament, especially with regard to the records of Jesus. But it involves questions both of theology and of the philosophy of history. This raises the question of the stance of the historian himself, and of what the author calls ""a certain morality of knowledge."" The development of the book is divided into two main sections, the first dealing with elements of this morality, in which historical modes of explanation and claims are examined; and the second assessing recent Protestant theology in the light of the historical standard established in the first part. Dialectical theology is found unsatisfactory when considered from the point of view of this historical ideal. A closing chapter brings together the author's own conclusions on the subject. A solidly reasoned book, with considerable reference to historical and contemporary writing in the fields both of history and theology. The author teaches in the Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1966
Publisher: Macmillan