Book Notice: HISTORY, by Nathan Finn

Published on November 2, 2018 by Joshua R Monroe

Crossway, 2016 | 111 pages

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A robust understanding of the past has the power to shape our perspective on the present and plans for the future. In this introduction to the study of history, a historian helps students grasp what it means to examine and explore history from a distinctly Christian perspective. In addition to opening students’ eyes to the riches of the past, this readable guidebook models an approach to history that embraces the fundamental beliefs and convictions that make up the Christian worldview. Part of the acclaimed Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series, this volume will be an invaluable tool in the hands of those seeking to engage with the past with God in mind. Includes illustrations, reflection questions, and a list of resources for further study.


About the Author

Nathan A. Finn (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the dean of the School of Theology and Missions and professor of theological studies at Union University. Nathan lives in Jackson, Tennessee, with his wife, Leah, and their four children.



Thomas S. Kidd, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University:

I heartily recommend Nathan Finn’s brisk and thoughtful History: A Student’s Guide. I do not know of a better introduction to historical studies, or a more cogent assessment of how Christians should think about history.

Richard A. Bailey, Associate Professor of History, Canisius College; author, Race and Redemption in Puritan New England:

Nathan Finn’s adept introduction to the art and discipline of history and historical scholarship will provide many students, especially those with explicit faith commitments, with the resources needed to participate in the ongoing conversations of the guild.

John D. Wilsey, Assistant Professor of History and Christian Apologetics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion:

This mature, thorough, and insightful Christian treatment of history and the historian’s craft will prove to be an indispensable tool for students. In this concise and engaging book, Nathan Finn employs characteristic wit and wisdom as he guides his readers through the essentials of understanding the ‘foreign country’ of the past. Here’s a book every aspiring historian must read.

Scott Culpepper, Associate Professor of History, Dordt College:

Nathan Finn has contributed an excellent resource for introducing students to the essential principles and responsible practice of historical studies from a Christian perspective. The text is filled with colorful illustrations from contemporary popular culture that give it a timely relevance while also containing loads of timeless wisdom. History: A Student’s Guide deserves a long tenure as an essential text for Christian reflections on the nature and doing of history.

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History: A Student's Guide

Crossway, 2016 | 111 pages

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