Thursday 10 August 2023

Vern S. Poythress on Historiography

Vern S. Poythress, Redeeming Our Thinking about History: A God-Centered Approach (Wheaton: Crossway, 2022).

A recent book by Vern Poythress on the nature of historiography from a Christian perspective has been made freely available in its entirety. Here’s the blurb:

‘Why Is It Critical for Christians to Study the Past?

‘How does knowledge of the past shape Christians’ views of God, Christ’s redemption, and humanity as a whole? In his new book, Vern S. Poythress teaches Christians how to study and write about the past by emphasizing God’s own command to remember his works and share them with the next generation. Readers will explore concepts such as providentialism, Christian historiography, divine purpose, and the 4 basic phases of biblical history: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. By learning how to appropriately study history, believers will begin to recognize God’s lordship over all events and how even minor incidents fit into his overarching plan.’

The book is available here as a pdf.

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