Podcast Throwback: How to Become A Good Historian
How should Christians think about the past? Of course, some historical events are unavoidably important for the Christian. Our faith is, after all, a historical faith, hinging ultimately on the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ—the historical figure. But what about other events in history? Is the past worth consulting for the future? Should we not think simply about progressing forward?
C.S. Lewis used to warn his readers about the vice of “chronological snobbery,” which assumes that the present is superior to the past by default. Important for cultivating vigilance against the vice of “chronological snobbery” is the habit of becoming a good historian. In this episode of the Credo Podcast, Matthew Barrett interviews historian Thomas Kidd about what makes a good historian.