Saturday, April 19, 2008

On Outdated Books and Dusty Church History


There are so many issues. I'm looking for books on current issues, but so many of them are written from a very theologically liberal POV. It's discouraging to go to sites like CBD and buy books that end up being worthless to me. But "Independent Baptist" bookstore sites are often overrun with books that deal with issues that were current only in the 70s or 80s!

I've heard it preached that "God didn't call us to write church history", but I have a great fascination with church history (especially non-catholic history in the early and middle ages). I have been toying with the idea of researching it more than I already have (I've spent many hours on it) and putting what I find in a book form. I know that most of the church history I am searching for has been lost or burned, but I still find reading books like The Trail of Blood, Faithful Baptist Witness and John T. Christian were uplifting and encouraging. What are your favorite books on church history? Why do you study it?

4 comments:

Domestically Inclined said...

Oh if only my DIL had her internet up. She is a history major. I will try to remember asking her when I'm out in the real world LOL
I like Josephus, and believe it or not, Abeka's 10th grade World History and cultures book! I have the teachers edition and even though the boys have graduated I don't want to part with the book. Thanks for the comment, and have you gone to see EXPELLED yet?

Domestically Inclined said...

Hi again Jess, thought you might like this site....
http://www.ccel.org/search?category=fulltext&qu=church+history&p=2

Jess said...

I like Abeka's 10th grade too! It tends to be slightly catholic/protestant, but in fact, I made a little class (I'm a homeschooler, but I actually designed this class when I taught in a traditional school) I call "History 21" that covers World History in 21 lessons...using primarily a book on American Heros, Abeka 7, 10 and 11 grade history texts and various other books. I teach it every year (90 minutes a week for 21 weeks) to really get some key events/people "stuck" into my students' minds. I also try to "personalize" the players.

I have another "course" (Baptist History 21) I teach every few years which is based primarily on Trail of Blood and some college textbooks of mine and my dad's. My sister says one day I will be a little old lady in a house filled with history books just studying them all day long...not an unpleasant future IMHO. :D

Tivona said...

Good for people to know.