QUO VADIS CHURCH HISTORY? SOME THESES ON THE FUTURE OF CHURCH HISTORY AS AN ACADEMIC THEOLOGICAL DISCIPLINE

Robert Vosloo

Abstract


In response to the invitation to reflect on the future of Church History as an
academic theological discipline, this essay discusses five theses: (i) The vitality of
Church History as an academic discipline is linked to its ability to contribute
towards a responsible engagement with the Christian past in a culture of historical
amnesia and harmful memory; (ii) a constructive dialogue with the social sciences
can be helpful en route to a more responsible historical hermeneutic for Church
History; (iii) as a theological discipline Church History ought to be attentive to
“history from below”; (iv) it is necessary for Church History to continue reflecting
on its mapping habits; (v) the focus on shared history, which attends to the way in
which divisive histories are interwoven, holds much promise for South African
church historiography.

Keywords


Church History; Historiography, Memory, History From Below, Shared History

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/100-0-653

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