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Knowledge of the past

“Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods […]

A candid friend of historiography

A short commentary on the method employed in Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years  “Of making surveys of Christian history, there is no end,” Diarmaid MacCulloch observes in his 1161-page book, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years.  Yet he suggests that his approach stands out as more daunting than certain other notable contemporary […]