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Redeeming Our Thinking About History: A God-Centered Approach (Poythress)

SKU 9781433571442


Why Is It Critical for Christians to Study the Past?


How does knowledge of the past shape Christians’ views of God, Christ’s redemption, and humanity as a whole? In his new book, Vern S. Poythress teaches Christians how to study and write about the past by emphasizing God’s own command to remember his works and share them with the next generation. Readers will explore concepts such as providentialism, Christian historiography, divine purpose, and the 4 basic phases of biblical history: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. By learning how to appropriately study history, believers will begin to recognize God’s lordship over all events and how even minor incidents fit into his overarching plan.


Excellent Resource for Seminary Students, Pastors, and Historians: Poythress explains how to write about history, understand God’s divine purposes, explore history in the Bible, and more

Applicable: Teaches readers how to glorify God by recognizing his deeds throughout history

Biblical and Informative: Outlines 4 phases of history and connects them to Christ’s redemption.


  • Author: Vern Poythress
  • Pages: 256
  • Paperback
  • Published in 2022




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Product Details

  • Paperback:  256 pages
  • Published:  2022
  • ISBN: ‎ 9781433571442
  • Author:  Dr. Vern S. Poythress


  • Dr. Vern S. Poythress (PhD, Harvard; DTh, Stellenbosch) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. His academic interests include the triune nature of God, Christ's sovereignty over all areas of life, and the study of biblical hermeneutics. He is also an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. You can read more of his content at


  • Redeeming Our Thinking about History continues Vern Poythress’s penetrating analysis of various fields of human intellectual endeavor. In continuity with his previous volumes, Poythress writes on why history is important and how best to read history―whether biblical or secular―in a God-honoring fashion. While capable of stratospheric thinking and communication, the author in this delightful volume simply takes the reader by the hand and leads him or her to the innumerable problems and issues of historical analysis, then resolves those vast and complicated topics. This approach taps into Poythress’s decades of examining and interpreting the Bible and presents very clear paths for readers to follow. Those insights are combined with practical principles to help us understand events in our own lives. Highly recommended.”
    Richard C. Gamble, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

    “With a lucid brevity that Calvin might envy, Poythress covers a broad array of relevant topics in his treatment of redeeming our thinking about history. He strikes just the right balance between common grace and the antithesis as it applies to meanings, events, and people, arguing against all reductionistic approaches (such as Marxism or logical positivism) and covering matters as widespread as the unity, diversity, and uniqueness of the Bible; providence; and the limits of our understanding. He demonstrates the inescapability of a religious stance in writing history and urges that it be done from a truly biblical perspective, arguing for a multiperspectival approach that will yield the richest and most textured historical account―one that acknowledges God’s providence while remembering our creaturely limits in discerning the meaning of his superintendence of history.”

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