Why Study History: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past. (available in September with Baker Academic).
"John Fea is quickly becoming one of the most important voices in the
up-and-coming generation of Christian historians. His reflections on the
study of history brim with scholarly insight, age-old Christian wisdom,
and practical advice. This book will be a great conversation starter in
a wide array of Christian college classrooms."
--Douglas A. Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"John Fea's Why Study History?
performs a tremendous service for all students, teachers, and readers
of history. His provocative, entertaining approach raises all the right
questions about the historical vocation."
--Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University
"John Fea's love of his craft is infectious and his knowledge of it inspiring. Serious readers of Why Study History? will
find their own love and knowledge of history deepened in satisfying and
fruitful ways. We are fortunate to have such a gifted public scholar in
--Eric Miller, Geneva College; author of Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch
Fea has written a splendid, engaging book at once erudite and
accessible. Anyone interested in the craft of the historian or the
relationship between historical inquiry and the life of faith stands to
benefit from having this volume within reach."
--Thomas Albert Howard, director, Center for Faith and Inquiry, Gordon College
"Professor Fea's scholarly integrity and theological insight insure that Why Study History?
will generate many hours of lively discussion on the relationship
between Christian faith and the study of history. Fea challenges both
the careless discourse that passes for historical inquiry among many
Christian groups and conventional norms of the discipline he clearly
adores. Those seeking greater clarity regarding the intrinsic value of
historical study and its proper appropriation would be hard pressed to
find a more valuable resource than Why Study History?"
--Arlin C. Migliazzo, Whitworth University; editor of Teaching as an Act of Faith