Can Christians be Effective Historians?

In his essay, Claims of Theory, historian Geoffrey Elton writes, All forms of religious belief threaten the historian’s ability to think for himself and to investigate the reality of the past. The historian, it seems, if he values his integrity, must be a professional skeptic.[1] According to Elton, religious beliefs demand that history fit into …

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How the American War Altered the British concept of The Empire

Historians often focus on United States in the wake of the American Revolutionary War. However, the effects of this war rippled beyond North America throughout the British Empire and the world. The British reaction to the loss of the American colonies sheds light on the reasons that imperialism began to shift in the nineteenth century. …

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Marx, Weber, and the Motivators of History

Any examination of history is inevitably colored by the observer’s understanding of the principles underlying the particular events. It is possible for men to observe identical occurrences and yet cite radically different causes. Each man’s vision of the good, whether conscious or subconscious, directly informs what he perceives, and this is evident in the sociological …

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The Harrowing Tale of the Two-Blooded Border Lord

The Byzantine epic poem Digenes Arkites likely originated in oral poetic tradition dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries as a compilation of various vignettes which evolved over time into the narrative we have today. It has, for its basis, the lives of the Akrites – Byzantine soldiers who guarded the eastern borders of …

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