7 Reasons Why You Should Study History
by Nicholas Davis
We always live in the now. We are not a people who like to look back at the past; we want to see what’s trending now. What did our favorite celebrity tweet two-seconds ago? What is available to stream right now on Netflix or Hulu?
Any talk of studying history sounds dull and irrelevant. But the Christian faith is a religion that is based in human history. The most important event in Christianity was an historical event—Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Here are seven reasons why every Christian should study history.
1. History teaches us.
The Roman poet Cicero once wrote: “To know nothing of what happened before you were born is to forever remain a child.” One of the best ways to mature is by learning about past events and the consequences of people’s choices.
2. History gives us insight.
As we study the past, we learn more about our present situation and potential future. We can note trends in history and patterns, and we learn that there has never been a perfect, golden era. Every age is full of common grace (God’s blessings) and the common curse (tragedies we experience because of the presence of sin in the world). Each age is the best of times and the worst of times…