God's Judgments: Interpreting History and the Christian Faith  -     By: Steven J. Keillor
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God's Judgments: Interpreting History and the Christian Faith

IVP Academic / 2007 / Paperback

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What do God's judgments have to do with history?

Steven J. Keillor presents the bold thesis that divine judgment can be a fruitful category for historical investigation. In fact, he makes the case that Christianity is rightly grasped as an interpretation of history more than a worldview or philosophy. Grounding his thesis first on a study of God's judgments in the teaching of both the Old and New Testaments, Keillor then revisits two prominent events in U.S. history, the burning of Washington in 1814 and the Civil War, to further explore and test his interpretive principle of divine judgment. He concludes by suggesting the relevance of his thesis to some pressing contemporary concerns.

Steven J. Keillor (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is an independent historian and was previously an assistant professor at Iowa State University. He has published several scholarly books in American history and political biography including Grand Excursion: Antebellum America Discovers the Upper Mississippi, Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder and This Rebellious House: American History & the Truth of Christianity. He has edited a Civil War memoir No More Gallant a Deed and written a book of essays and poems, Prisoners of Hope: Sundry Sunday Essays. He writes in a log cabin in Minnesota.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830825657
ISBN-13: 9780830825653
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What do God's judgments have to do with history? Steven J. Keillor presents the bold thesis that divine judgment can be a fruitful category for historical investigation. In fact, he makes the case that Christianity is rightly grasped as an interpretation of history more than a worldview or philosophy. Grounding his thesis first on a study of God's judgments in the teaching of both the Old and New Testaments, Keillor then revisits two prominent events in U.S. history, the burning of Washington in 1814 and the Civil War, to further explore and test his interpretive principle of divine judgment. He concludes by suggesting the relevance of his thesis to some pressing contemporary concerns.

Author Bio

Steven J. Keillor (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is an independent historian and was previously an assistant professor at Iowa State University. He has published several scholarly books in American history and political biography including and . He has edited a Civil War memoir and written a book of essays and poems, (Regent College Press). He writes in a log cabin in Minnesota.

Editorial Reviews

"The clarity of Steven Keillor's theological reasoning as well as the boldness of his historical conclusions demand very serious attention. As myself an evangelical who is partial to worldview reasoning, I am not sure he has entirely convinced me. But I know he has made me think, and think hard."
"Steven Keillor is a historian, analyzing events in all their complexity. But he is also a Christian, seeing in his Bible the principle that divine judgment is at work in particular happenings. In this thoughtful but lively book, he brings together the two approaches, drawing out uncomfortable implications for those of all political persuasions."
"Steven Keillor is developing one of the most robust and daring visions of a Christian interpretation of history, and he is doing so at a time when the meaning of American history is up for grabs. Keillor puts rebellion against God, rather than providence or covenant, at the center of history. The result is one of the most powerful theological responses to 9/11. He succeeds in the tricky task of retrieving the idea of divine judgment without catering to the political right or left. This is an original and creative theological project that will challenge anyone who has pondered the question of God's relationship to America. This book should cause quite a stir in the evangelical community."

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