Saturday, July 6, 2013

Messy American history

Were the founding fathers of the USA Christian?
What should the role of Christian scholars be in the church?

These questions are nicely addressed an interesting post In God We TrustA July 4th Conversation on the Historian’s Vocation & the Church  on the Emerging Scholars blog.
I learnt some history I did not know, particularly about the Deist beliefs of the legendary George Washington.

One idea that is highlighted is that history is messier and more complicated than many of us would like to admit. If we acknowledge this we may have to give up some of our cherished ideas about who we are and where we are heading.

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