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The Appeal to History III: The Appeal to History III: Universal History

Brian Hebblethwaite

in In Defence of Christianity

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276790
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602993 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019927679X.003.0006
 The Appeal to History III:  The Appeal to History III: Universal History

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This chapter considers a further appeal to history that can be made within the cumulative case for Christianity, namely the appeal to a providential reading of universal history as making, despite all evidence to the contrary, most sense of the way in which world history is moving. There are, in the so-called Christian centuries, and even in the secularised post-Christian world, signs of the admittedly partial penetration of society by the Christian Gospel’s ‘Kingdom values’ of justice, freedom, peace, and truth, and — some would argue — of democracy. In support of this view, the work of Hendrikus Berkhof and Oliver O’Donovan is cited and contrasted with that of Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Huntington.

Keywords: universal history; providence; Kingdom values; democracy; Berkhof; O’Donovan; Hauerwas; Huntington

Chapter.  6807 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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