The value of church history

  • E.O. Ekpenyong
  • Enebieni E. Eko


Inquisitiveness or a strong desire to know or asking too many questions and trying to find out about the past has long depicted or  portrayed man, starting with Nabonidus, who lived sixth century before Christ n Babylon, to the contemporary historian and archaeologist. According to Tim Dowley, ―the recording of history is to tell the story of the human family. The historian has the crucial task of helping each generation to find its bearings. Just as loss of memory in an individual is a psychiatric defect calling for medical treatment, so to any community which has no social memory is suffering from an illness‖ (2).Christianity earnestly speaking, is basically or fundamentally a historical religion. God in his wisdom reveals Himself to his subjects or followers, not in relation  to or involving a matter of doctrinal declarations or remarks or in relation to theory or abstract, not in empirical studies, however indeed, in the process of developing an account or a narrative of relationship. The exceptional attention or getting more attention than usual in history by Christians is that the very basis or base of their faith which they admit to or declare their adherence to is solidly ingrained in history.
God became man in the person of Jesus Christ and lived in time and space. Christianity is now almost virtually universal and global of every religion that come forth in the earlier period in the vicinity of East and far East, and has also come about more and more exerting or having a lot of influence in the times past or narrative of the human race. Church history according to Earle E. Cairns is ―thus a matter of profound interest to the Christian who desires to be nlightened concerning his spiritual ancestry, to emulate the good examples of the past, and to avoid errors that the Church has frequently made‖ (13).


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