Biblical Principles & the study of History

The History Department affirms that a Biblical Worldview should provide guidance in the analysis and interpretation of historical events, personalities, and issues.  The following principles provide a Biblical foundation for the study of history:

  1. God is comprehensively sovereign over the nations. (Acts 17:26)
  2. Jesus Christ is central in human history. (Colossians 1: 16-17, Ephesians 1: 10)
  3. God has established order, intelligence, and truth in the universe and history. (Isaiah 42:5, John 1:1, John 1:14, Acts 17: 25 & 28, Romans 11: 36)
  4. Commitment to objectivity and honesty is essential to historical investigation. (Proverbs 12: 19)
  5. The Bible provides principles of ethics that guide our evaluation of people and nations. (Exodus 20: 1-17)
  6. Man is an image-bearer of God, yet fallen and sinful. (Genesis 1: 27, Romans 1:18-32)
  7. The historian must be dedicated to a reasoned and investigated reconstruction of primary sources. (Luke 1: 1-4)
  8. The Bible teaches all men to recognize their human limitations. (Psalm 90, Psalm 139)
  9. History illustrates the brevity of life and the reality of eternity to come. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, James 4: 13-15, Psalm 39: 4-6)