Quote of the Week: Tony Lane

We need to read about the past in order to understand the present. People without a grasp of history are like a person without a memory. Many of the current beliefs in our society are properly grasped only when we see how they have emerged. A knowledge of history will help us to understand better both ourselves and those with whom we might disagree.

–Tony Lane, A Concise History of Christian Thought (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006), 1.

2 responses to “Quote of the Week: Tony Lane

  1. Bible is the oldest history book ever written on earth, i don’t believed in seeking from any other source elsewhere to complete what the bible teach, the bible is completely complete by itself, and again what is a man can do to complete what God Provided.

  2. Toni:

    But the problem is that you and I are not the first people to read and study the Bible. Many of Christianity’s greatest Bible interpreters and theologians have already lived and died. Historical theologians like Athanasius, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley have much to teach contemporary Christians.

    The Bible must be interpreted in its historical context which again requires a deep understanding of history and culture. And the biblical religions of Judaism and Christianity are historical faiths that require historical reflection and philosophical analysis.

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