On this episode of Mere Fidelity, historian of history Paul Gutacker joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to talk about the changing and sometimes fraught relationship that Protestants have had with the notions of “history” and “tradition.” Paul’s new book, The Old Faith in a New Nation, particularly examines how nineteenth century debates about slavery, etc., influenced our ideas about the roles of Scripture and Church in regard to history.
The Old Faith in a New Nation: American Protestants and the Christian Past, by Paul Gutacker [affiliate link]
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, by Mark Noll [affiliate link]
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