IMG_5944.JPGGreat word by Scott Manetsch on the task of the historian:

“[T]he task of the historian is not simply that of an antiquarian who dusts of ancient artifacts that are roped off from the general public with a sign reading ‘do not touch.’ The study of religious history invites, even compels, us to investigate the past with an eye toward the present, to explore the foreignness of history with the expectation that ‘cultural immersion’ of this sort will not only expand our knowledge of peoples and events but also enrich our experience by providing needed perspective, timely wisdom, apt warnings, and precious glimpses into the failings, the beauty, and the sheer complexity of the human condition.”

Calvin’s Company of Pastors (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014), p. 304.