sb Inter Varsity Press 1st ed 1979 is there any meaning in history ? does history revolve in circles the author examines the values +interpretation of history...
|Title||:||Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought|
|Number of Pages||:||236 Pages|
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Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought Reviews
Bebbington explains the differing ways history has been understood and used in recent times and in the past. Several prominent forms, or “patterns” as he calls them, have been utilized in the writing and understanding of history. The patterns he identifies are cyclical, Christian, progress, historicist, and Marxist. Each is briefly explained and evaluated. He argues that the best of the modern patterns are rooted in a Christian understanding of history, and conflicts between these modern patterns can be assimilated under the Christian view.
From my Amazon review:Bebbington looks over 5 of the major "schools" of historiography, including, Linear, Cyclical, Christian, Marxist, and Historicist. It is a good textbook for post-graduate study and is highly recommended for those who are students of history as well as those who are serious history "buffs". Bebbington does a good job of bringing out the strengths and weaknesses of each school. There is an updated edition from the 1979 edition which includes some minor changes in the text and a new preface and a new closing. Well worth the read. It is a relatively short work, and my only real gripe with the work was that it was too short. This could easily become a multi-volume work, but that wasn't it's purpose.http://www.amazon.com/review/R29AHCHV...
An excellent introduction to the questions surrounding historiography. Bennington gives you plenty to chew on while recognizing that the surface is merely being scratched. I suspect that he is overstating the degree to which Christianity offers a distinctive historiography. Certainly it will modify, alter, or negate other approaches, but does it constitute its own?
I appreciate his overall perspective, although I didn't find it necessary to read all the chapters in detail. The first two and last two chapters are really the core of the book.
Wonderful and insightful; balanced