History Majors (past and present), History Minors, History Gen Ed Students, Friends of the History Department, and anyone else for that matter, don’t forget today’s Inaugural Messiah College Faith and History Lecture! Dr. John Fea will lecture at 4 PM today in Boyer 131 on the subject “The Power to Transform: A Christian Reflection on the Study of the Past.”
A synopsis of the lecture… How do Christians approach the study of the past? This talk will affirm, but move beyond, the notion that a Christian studies the past with certain theological presupposition about the nature of human beings . It will also affirm, but move beyond, the notion that a goal of historical inquiry is to ethically judge the people and events of the past. Instead, this talk will offer Christians a slightly different approach to thinking about the past. It will argue that the study of history can help us mature spiritually.
The lecture comes out of Dr. Fea’s recent work on the subject of faith and history including an edited volume titled Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010). If you are interested in how to think about the relationship between your Christian faith and the study of history, you will not want to miss this lecture. Please join us to help kick-off what we hope to be an History Department tradition! Refreshments will be served!