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Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought [Paperback]

By David Bebbington (Author)
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In Patterns in History David Bebbington gives an overview of the various methodological approaches to the study of history. In doing so Bebbington looks at history as repetitive cycle, as linear, as progressive, through a historicist lens (or anti-progressive), and through Marx's threoy of history. Bebbington remains careful to ensure he remains appropriately balanced in bringing out the strengths and weaknesses in each school of thought. A solid and concise approach to historical thought.

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Studio: Regent College Publishing
Pages   236
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.59" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1990
Publisher   Regent College Publishing
ISBN  1573831530  
ISBN13  9781573831536  

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More About David Bebbington

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Bebbington is Professor of History at the University of Stirling, Scotland. Timothy Larsen is Carolyn and Fred McManis Chair of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, Illinois, USA.

David Bebbington was born in 1949.

David Bebbington has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Lincoln Studies in Religion and Society
  2. Studies in Evangelical History and Thought

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1Books > Subjects > History > Ancient > Early Civilization
2Books > Subjects > History > Historical Study > Historiography
3Books > Subjects > History > World > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History

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"Good, but not religious good"! (Hardy)  Oct 19, 2007
I am a professor at a Christian university, and I teach historiography once every year. As I do critical theory also, and as I am trained in history and philosophy of science, I have found that my students over the years--most of whom are evangelical Christians--find mainstream, state-of-the-art historiography rather heavy going. After all, they are history students and favor the concrete over the abstract. The canteen and bullet school and all that. Truth to tell, they would happily do without the historiography of my ilk as it were, altogether.

This is to say that teaching this cohort of students over the years has discouraged me from going too "postmodern". The students just do not process well this threshold of meta-level inquiry. Additionally, it often rubs against the grain of their unreflective epistemology.

David Bebbington's has been one of the few texts that has worked for my purposes. Bebbington has an appreciative, non-fundamental, approach to historiography that, while hardly rigorous, registers with my students. It works.

There may be others in my position, and I offer these observations for what they are worth. Bebbington is to be praised for having produced a "niche text". I shall use his book in the spring.
Wonderful insight into different understandings of history.  Feb 19, 2005
I read Patterns in History this past year and was suprised at how thorough it was in it's approach to the various kinds of historical intertpretation. Providing the reader with the necessary cultural context in which each view was birthed, Bebbington reveals the foundational thoughts and beliefs of many of the historians we read and respect. I specifically enjoyed his critique of the Marxist understanding of history. For the first time I was able to see where the Marxist thought had progressed from and where it will inevitably end up... hopeless, with no firm moral foundation on which to rest. This book was a challenge to read in some areas, as the author is not a terribly skillful writer, but I encourage enyone with a passion for history and historical interpretation to try this book. You will not be disappointed.
An overview of the major schools of historiography.  Feb 27, 2004
Bebbington looks over 5 of the major "schools" of historiography, including, Linear, Cyclical, Christian, Marxist, and Historicist. It is a good textbook for post-graduate study and is highly recommended for those who are students of history as well as those who are serious history "buffs". Bebbington does a good job of bringing out the strengths and weaknesses of each school. There is an updated edition from the 1979 edition which includes some minor changes in the text and a new preface and a new closing. Well worth the read. It is a relatively short work, and my only real gripe with the work was that it was too short. This could easily become a multi-volume work, but that wasn't it's purpose.

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