Looking into Christian History
I find it appalling that Christian historians can write from a providential perspective only when dealing with religious history ["Whatever Happened to Christian History?" April 2]. All history demonstrates the hand of God at work.
God expects us to discern his ways. Moses chided the Israelites for their lack of perception, for not having "a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear" (Deut. 29:3-4). Jesus excoriated the people of his day who could interpret physical, weather-related signs but not the meaning of current events (Luke 12:56).
Granted, our perceptions of God's ways must be tempered by a "perhaps," and we must look deeper than what is apparent. But inserting "perhaps" is not the same as refusing to speak. And certainly there are some instances where the hand of God is readily discernible, such as:
The influence of Christians, especially their prayers, in bringing about the successful, mostly bloodless, Romanian revolution.
The way God turned one of the worst attacks of Satan—the Holocaust—into a tool for his purposes, for it provided world sympathy and a large population influx, two essential factors for the establishment of an Israeli state.
God's use of the blood of the early Christian martyrs, and their more recent brothers and sisters, to fuel the spread of his kingdom.
The article demonstrates what is wrong with much of academia. To acquire the necessary credentials, scholars have had to immerse themselves in a thoroughly worldly milieu. Sadly, their immersion in this secular, often antisupernatural worldview may so have infused them with its values, they have lost the ability to discern God's hand at work, and perhaps the courage to say so when they have.