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What is History?

IMG_0707What is history? Dr. Rousas J. Rushdoony answers, “For the orthodox Christian, who grounds his philosophy of history on the doctrine of creation, the mainspring of history is God. Time rests on the foundation of eternity, on the eternal decree of God. Time and history therefore have meaning because they were created in terms of God’s perfect and totally comprehensive plan. Every blade of grass, every sparrow’s fall, the very hairs of our head, are all comprehended and governed by God’s eternal decree, and all have meaning in terms of it…The Christian accepts a world which is totally meaningful and in which every event moves in terms of God’s predestined purpose, and, when man accepts God as his Lord and Christ as his Savior, every event works together for good to him, because he is now in harmony with that meaning and destiny (Rom. 8:28).” (Rushdoony, The Biblical Philosophy of History, 7) I believe that Dr. Rushdoony is correct in his definition of the Christian view of history. He rightly rejects the anti-supernaturalistic thinking of most modern-day historians, and he successfully defends the Christian worldview against the despair and meaninglessness of the Enlightenment philosophers. I’ll cite some more of his thinking in a few days. What are your thoughts?

— Dr. Marcus J. Serven