Academic journal article Church History

Book Review: The Rise of Historical Consciousness among the Christian Churches

Academic journal article Church History

Book Review: The Rise of Historical Consciousness among the Christian Churches

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The Rise of Historical Consciousness among the Christian Churches . Edited by Kenneth L. Parker and Erick H. Moser . Studies in Religion and Social Order. Lanham, M.D. : University Press of America , 2013. xi + 228 pp. $32.99 paper.

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The contentious issue of historical consciousness and its contribution to Christian scholarship has long been assumed to be the domain of Protestantism in the wake of its embrace of Enlightenment categories. This and other truisms are questioned in the present work, suggesting that the origins of the question emerge from within Christian scholarship itself and may precede the Enlightenment's influence.

Made up of papers originally delivered at a conference, this volume originated in the American Academy of Religion's Working Group on the Rise of Historical Consciousness among the Christian Churches. In endeavoring to demonstrate the book's thesis the contributors address several contexts across the ecclesiastical and historical landscape. Darrell Jodock ably handles the tension between historical consciousness and revelation in his chapter on the controversy over D. F. Strauss's critical examination of Christianity's founder in Life of Jesus. Harvey Hill gives a fine treatment to the debate in England that emerged with the publication of Essays and Reviews and the question of religious authority that informed the rhetoric between opposing parties in the heresy trial of Charles Augustus Briggs. …

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