Terms in this set (13)
Church History (defined by Philip Schaff)
"Church History is the connecting link between Exegetical and Systematic Theology."
Church History (defined by Ed Panosian)
"History is a record of the divine superintendence over the affairs of men and nations."
Church History Definition (incarnation)
Church history is the study of Christ's continuing incarnation in His people.
Church History Definition (record)
Church history specifically is the record of men's reception and response to the Revelation of God in Christ.
Central Idea #1
Church history relates the founding and the progress of the mediatorial kingdom of Christ the Messiah and Redeemer.
Central Idea #2
Church history depends upon the careful collection and interpretation of legitimate records.
Central Idea #3
A skewed eschatology will produce a skewed view of history.
Central Idea #4
A reductionist historical method will distort your interpretation of history, (the "Whig" fallacy)
Central Idea #5
Read the past without reading yourself into the past. (the anachronistic fallacy)
"Looks for single/unitary causes when a great many causes are actually at work."
How is history taught?
incident, information, interpretation, & impartation
Three theological presuppositions of a Christian historian
1. A theistic view of the universe.
2. The prime authority of Special revelation.
3. History is linear (not cyclical).
Three additional presuppositions in Dr. Cook's approach
1. The glorious and the inglorious are equally didactic and valuable.
2. God providentially preserves what He intends for us to learn.
3. Truth is understood through progressive illumination.