The virtues of religious history: Making a necessity of virtue

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It is well known that the study of history can help students to acquire critical
habits of mind, research skills, interdisciplinary acuity, and knowledge about
the forces that shape their lives, individually and collectively. My own leadership
and teaching of church history at St Mark’s National Theological Centre (School
of Theology, Charles Sturt University) since 2009 has focused on imparting
these skills and understandings through study of the history of Christianity and
its interactions with the great historical movements and worldviews in human
history. In a pluralistic, globalised world where the vast majority espouse some
kind of religious belief, graduates need more than ever an understanding of the
historical trajectories of religious impulses and institutions that have profoundly
shaped their own—and others’—histories. This in turn enhances graduates’
capacity for citizenship and informed contributions to the public good, not least
in regional communities. Charles Sturt University’s recent adoption of new
GLOs (Graduate Learning Outcomes) has directly affected the way I structure,
teach, and plan the church history curriculum at St Mark’s. The GLOs have
also prompted some productive thinking about the place of history both in the
academy generally, and in theological education specifically.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGod’s exemplary graduates
Subtitle of host publicationCharacter-oriented graduate attributes in theological education
EditorsPeter G. Bolt, Peter Laughlin
Place of PublicationMacquarie Park NSW
PublisherSCD Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781925730227
ISBN (Print)9781925730210
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2021


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