Archive for the ‘Featured Books Series’ category

Featured Book Series: Fea’s *Was America Founded as a Christian Nation*

March 9, 2011

The Conference on Faith and History’s own John Fea (Messiah College) recently released a book on the founding of the United States.

The publishing description from Westminster John Knox Press: “Fea offers an even-handed primer on whether America was founded to be a Christian nation, as many evangelicals assert, or a secular state, as others contend. He approaches the title’s question from a historical perspective, helping readers see past the emotional rhetoric of today to the recorded facts of our past. Readers on both sides of the issues will appreciate that this book occupies a middle ground, noting the good points and the less-nuanced arguments of both sides and leading us always back to the primary sources that our shared American history comprises.”

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To follow Professor Fea and his comments about this book, links, and cultural commentaries, visit his blog.


Featured Book Series: Two Titles on the American West

February 23, 2011

CFH member Will Katerberg (Calvin College) is the editor of two series on the American West that may be of interest to CFH graduate members.

The first is a textbook *Conquests and Consequences: The American West from Frontier to Region* published by Harlan-Davidson.  The publisher’s website describes, “It pits the famous ‘frontier thesisl of Frederick Jackson Turner against competing ways of understanding the history of the U.S. West—from ‘borderlands’ approaches to the ‘metropolitan thesis’ of Western Canadian Historians, frontiers as zones of racial conflict, and the ‘New Western History’ of the 1980s and 1990s. It encourages readers to consider what these diverse perspectives on the region and its history have to say about the present and future of the American ’empire.”





The second title is Sheila McManus’s *Choices and Chances: A History of Women in the U.S. West*.  This book is part of a series edited by Katerberg.  The book puts women at the center of the story, highlighting the various roles women played in the history of the American West.  It is currently available in paperback.

Featured Book Series: *History and the Christian Historian* Ed. Ronald Wells (1998)

February 17, 2011

After featuring the recent *Confessing History* on this blog, former CFH President Rick Kennedy (Point Loma) advised that we also feature an earlier, yet similar confessional history book.

*History and the Christian Historian* Edited by Ronald Wells

Kennedy explained, “The earlier book is rooted in our 1996 meeting at Calvin College and includes essays by an earlier generation than the essays in ‘Confessing History.’  The two together manifest great wisdom and the role of CFH at the center of thinking about historiographical issues that intersect Christian faith.”

Graduate student scholars of the CFH, particularly those concerned with the issues of integrating faith and vocation, can benefit greatly from both of these books.

Featured Book Series: *Confessing History* Fea, Green, and Miller

February 1, 2011

Readers of the CFH Grad Blog will be interested to know about the recent release of *Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation* by three CFH former board members, John Fea (Messiah College), Jay Green (Covenant College), and Eric Miller (Geneva College).

Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation

The book is a collection of essays by several CFH members, addressing the issues at the heart of our organization.  According to the book’s preface, “Written from several different theological and professional points of view, the essays contained in this book constitute a free-ranging conversation about the vocation of the historian and its place in both the personal lives of Christian disciples and Christ’s Kingdom at large.” (p. xi)

The book has a direct link to the mission and purpose of the CFH, to help Christians who are historians pursue their calling.