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More Than Dates and Dead People: Recovering a Christian View of History

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
More Than Dates & Dead People: Recovering a Christian View of History", by Stephen Mansfield, is a lively, upbeat, edgy look at history as something exciting rather than a boring list of dates to memorize. The focus is on how a Christian world-view affects one's academic and scholarly interests."
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 20th 2000 by Cumberland House Publishing
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Jul 25, 2008 rated it liked it
The first half of the book offers a great framework for studying history through a Biblical worldview, and presents a compelling argument for the obligation for Christians to know and understand history. The second half of the book relates several historical vignettes and applies the framework of the first half, but (in my opinion) the author veers too far right in many of his assessments and neglects some important historical factors that would temper his conclusions. This may be because the bo ...more
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
A pretty lightweight book on how to approach, and ultimately teach, history from a Christian viewpoint. The concept was good but it didn't really deliver.
David Sarkies
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody who hates history
Recommended to David by: Koorong Book Shops
Shelves: history
A short book that develops a Biblical view of history
24 December 2012

There are some things that I agree with this book and some that I don't. The main agreement I have is that history is far more than dates and dead people: it is a story that is moving from one point to another (teleological as opposed to cyclical) and that there are so many small interrelated events that end up having a huge impact. What I do not necessarily agree with is the fairly Christian Fundamentalist interpretation of h
Georgia Herod
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This borrowed book has been in my stack for too long, although I'm deeply interested in viewing all of life from a Biblical worldview. Stephen Mansfield who believes that the study of history ought to be fascinating because it is about people and how they think, what and why they believe, what they do, and how they live.

Mansfield asserts a person's worldview will affect how he/she views the study of history--whether or not it is dead and boring or alive and intriguing. He sets about contrasting
Jim V
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is actually a textbook from my kids school. Wish I had it when I was in school and studying history (aka His Story). This short book lays the foundation for how history has been shaped by God, in the past, present and future. It provides a great filter for how to view history through a different filter (the Sovereignty of God) and the story that He has already created. He knew the end before he created you and me. An excellent read for all Christian parents. Thankful for Greyfriar's Classic ...more
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
History is not something we put on a shelf and dust off when we "need" it. It vibrant and alive. It is now and we are living in the midst of it. It may be cliche, but it is true ... especially now in our nation ... if we don't know our history, we are bound to repeat it! Mansfield also encourages us to look beyond the pages of the standard history books, look to the reasons behind why decisions were made, what were the true underlying motivations of people (good and bad). A quick read which will ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history, unfinished
I did not finish this book. I might come back to skim some things if time permits, but it is written in the style of super-conversational, "hip" language combined with a relentlessly blatant and simplified Bible-is-the-answer mentality that made it not seem worth my time.
Nov 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs and non-history buffs alike
Shelves: textbook, historical
If you are looking for a book that gives a general overview of recent history without being bored, this is the book for you! I enjoyed this book because it was interesting. It is as the title suggests more than dates and dead people
Sheila Thoburn
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish this book. The author has some fairly good ideas but is not a writer.
Cynthia Knight
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Light, easy read...but I walked away with a desire to dig deeper into our American heritage.
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Shelves: books-of-2008
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Carol Caldwell
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. If you like history you will really enjoy this
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty good. I wish I had read it in high school.
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Not nearly as good as I expected.
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Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who is becoming one of the nation’s most respected voices on religion and American culture. He is also an activist in a variety of social causes.

Stephen was born in Georgia but grew up largely in Europe due to his father’s career as an officer in the United States Army. After a youth filled with sports, travel, and misc
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