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Should God’s providence affect the historian?

Join David Bebbington, a renowned evangelical historian, as he explores the profound interplay between divine providence and the historian’s outlook on history itself. In this thought-provoking video, Bebbington explores the ways in which God’s providence informs and shapes our understanding of historical events.

With his historical expertise, David Bebbington offers a unique perspective on how divine providence influences the historian’s interpretation of the past. He examines the complex relationship between human agency and the divine causality in the unfolding of historical events.

Bebbington’s insightful discourse encourages historians and enthusiasts alike to contemplate the broader significance of divine providence in historical studies. He explores how acknowledging the role of divine providence can offer a richer and more nuanced understanding of the motivations, intentions, and consequences of historical events.

David Bebbington

David Bebbington is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Stirling in Scotland. An undergraduate and postgraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge (1968-73), he subsequently became a research fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1973-76). From 1976 he taught at the University of Stirling, where from 1999 to 2019 he was Professor of History. He now serves as Director of the Evangelical Studies Program at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His publications include Evangelicalism in Modern Britain (1989), The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer and Politics (2004); Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought (4th ed., 2018), Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People (2nd edn, 2018) and The Evangelical Quadrilateral (2 vols, 2021).

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