History Buzz August 8, 2012: John Fea: Should Historians Cast Judgment on the Past?

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HISTORY BUZZ: HISTORY NEWS RECAP

Should Historians Cast Judgment on the Past?

As a history professor I often find myself in conversations with students and fellow faculty members about whether or not it is appropriate for historians to cast judgment on people and events from another era.  Since I teach at a Christian college, these conversations usually focus on applying the moral teachings of the Bible to past events.  I am often accused by my non-historian friends of being too “evenhanded” on a particular subject when I should have used my role as a historian to speak prophetically about why such and such a person from the past was wrong….READ MORE

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