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Trueman on Cynicism and the Church Historian

May 30, 2011

Here’s the summary: “cynicism, along with its close cousin pessimism, are among two of the great contributions that historians can make to the life of the church.” To find out why this is so, read the rest of his post here. It’s worth your time. I think Trueman is on to something.

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  1. May 30, 2011 7:59 am

    My first thought after reading this were the many hyperbolic statements I’ve read on the back of the books in my library. I imagine we’d still be doing our MDiv’s if we read every book that had the blurb, “So-and-so’s books should be required reading for all seminary students. It is ground-breaking in theology and practice, blah-blah-blah.” Instead, we should look for, recognize, and appreciate theological and pastoral contributions. Church historians should be most able to do this.

    • Matthew Crawford permalink
      May 30, 2011 8:09 am

      That’s a great point, Adam. It sort of relieves you of feeling like you have to always read whatever the latest book is, doesn’t it? The classics stand the test of time. You’re better served by reading them than by reading whatever is the latest fad. Another anecdote I’ve heard, though I can’t confirm it, is that Trueman also says “Never believe what people say about you on the back of your book.” Also good advice, I think.

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