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Jeremy Kwok

Jeremy grew up in Sydney before moving to the United States for tertiary studies. Jeremy completed the BA, MA (History), and M.Div degrees before returning to Australia with his wife Debbie. He currently works for Christian Education Ministries, a company that owns and operates private schools.


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    Alen Basic

    It’s a humbling thought that we too will fade away into history. There have been billions of people who have come and gone who we don’t even know the names of, let alone an anecdotal fact.

    Ah, the Servetus card… :)

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    Excellent work Jeremy – couldn’t agree more. In history there are very few pure ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ – human beings are infinitely more complex.

    I appreciate the work of modern church historians who avoid hagiography at all costs and endevour to present a ‘true-to-life’ portrait of the seminal figures in Christianity like Origin, Constantine, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Cranmer etc.

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    Jason Harris

    Great points. Praise God for the relatively easy availability of primary sources in our day. Would love to see a post expanding on that element (defining, giving ideas for finding them, reasons for reading them, etc.)

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    Thought provoking post. The problem with looking up primary sources is that it’s hard, it’s much easier to form an opinion based on 2nd or 3rd hand information, which is what many believers do regarding some historical figures (I’m sure I have done it a few times).

    Having said that, few people actually learn church history by looking only at primary sources, even in Bible colleges and seminaries. We rely on historians who will hopefully give an unbiased account of history (if that is possible). I think primary sources should be used in addition to a good church history text to check the facts where we suspect bias.

    It is difficult to be unbiased about someone like Calvin, he polarises Christians who either believe in unconditional election or the free will of man. He is an extreme example but we are indebted to him and other reformers for so many things. The quote about standing on the shoulders of giants comes to mind here.


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