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Taking the Long View
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Taking the Long View: Christian Theology in Historical Perspective

David Steinmetz


This book argues that remembering the past is essential for men and women who want to function effectively in the present—for without some knowledge of their own past, neither individuals nor institutions know where they have been or where they are going. The book illustrates its thesis with tough-minded examples from the Church's life and thought, ranging from more abstract problems like the theoretical role of historical criticism to such painfully concrete issues as the commandment of Jesus to forgive unforgivable wrongs.

Keywords: remembering, Church, abstract problems, historical criticism, Jesus, forgiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199768936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Steinmetz, author
The Divinity School, Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, US