July 31, 2009
A People's History of Christianity by Diana Butler Bass
I am currently reading Diana Butler Bass's book A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story. I will be reviewing it here in a week or so. For now, I thought I would link to the Ooze.tv site where she has an interview up. Or, you can watch it below.
One of my favorite quotes from the video is one Diana gives from Jon Meacham..."History is to a country what memory is to an individual." As I thought about that quote I realized that when the church refuses to learn its own history...it is like having amnesia. We make the same mistakes over and over. We fall for the same heresies over and over. We have to search for answers to questions that the Church has already answered. And when focus on only the history of our small congregation or denomination and stop looking at the Church's history...it is like trying to live with only our short term memory.