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Title: History and its relevance to theology : reconsidered with special reference to G. Vico, B. Croce and R.G. Collingwood
Author: Stevenson, W. Taylor
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 7931
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1960
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This is an exchange familiar to anyone working in the area of the relationship between history and theology. If the "Oh" is uttered by an historian then it may carry with it overtones of a suspicion that history is-being meddled with* On the other hand if the "Oh" is uttered by a theologian it often carries with it the unspoken largely impatient but slightly apprehensive remark "Isn't theology already complicated enought without bringing history into it? " This situation presumably account in part for the fact that from the historians side only Collingwood (now out of fashion alas) has anything of substance to say about this relationship and even this is confined to a few suggestive pages. From the theologians side the situation is hardly better. It is true that a considerable amount of attention has been given to the important task of forming a general Christian attitude to history or a doctrine of history. However surprisingly little attention has been given to the. at least equally important investigation of the problem of the complex relationship between Christian theology and historical inquiry we might say between Christian theology and history as the historians know it. The two books to appear so far which deal with this subject explicitly and sustainedly are Richard R Niobuhr "Resurrection and Historical Reason" (1957) and T. A Robert's History, and Christian Apologetic (1960) Both betray that this discussion is at an early stage*
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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