Stuck in the Present
How History Frees and Forms Christians
by David George Moore
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Pub Date 11 May 2021 | Archive Date 27 Sep 2021
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Leafwood Publishers
George Orwell observed in Nineteen Eighty-Four that those who pay attention to history have the potential to influence the future. Stuck in the Present offers a grounding in historical consciousness that allows us to better navigate the daily bombardment of information. Amnesia about the past makes one vulnerable to the shackles of our modern-day hucksters who try to convince us that the present is all that matters.
One feature of Stuck in the Present are key interviews that Moore conducts with leading historians. Through these conversations, Moore invites readers to better understand relevant topics like the living legacy of the Puritans, slavery and the Civil War, and the current struggles for Civil Rights.
Offering wise counsel, David Moore speaks to “American Christians” that have grown up hearing stories about the past but have never taken history very seriously. With wit and grace, he encourages readers to avoid common historical fallacies and better understand the significance of the past. Stuck in the Present motivates readers to be lifelong learners of history. By doing so, we are enriched and better equipped to engage the complexities of our world.
“I like this approach. Dave handily debunks a lot of mythologies about history.”
- Grant Horner, Professor of Renaissance and Reformation Studies, The Master’s University
“This is an extremely valuable book on the art of reading history. There are a number of good books out there on this subject that deal with the mechanics (how to cite footnotes and how to prepare a bibliography etc.). This volume, though, is focused on what makes for wise usage of this valuable repository of knowledge that we call history. Recent events have shown that we all need to be better at understanding the past than we have been, and this book has nugget after nugget of wisdom on how to gain such an understanding. A five-star rating!”
- Michael Haykin, Chair and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Dave is a historical evangelical with a firm grasp of his indebtedness to the great Christian minds in the whole church through the ages. Both his mind and his heart will provide an edifying challenge to those who come into contact with his ministry."
- Tom Nettles, Retired Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“David Moore’s interview questions were focused and relevant. He has a unique ability to draw out answers from the interviewee that go beyond the usual clichés and boilerplate. I found the experience of being interviewed by him to be stimulating. It helped me focus on the main points I tried to get across in my book.”
- James McPherson, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, Princeton University
“In the hands of David Moore, history becomes so much more than simply dates and dead people. Instead, as he loves what he loves in front of his readers, history comes alive—and the learning of history become vital, the very foundation of wisdom and discernment. I highly recommend this handbook to life and learning.”
- George Grant, Pastor and Prolific Author
“Dave did his homework, asked all the right questions, and was a pleasure to sit down with. He’s a real pro.”
- The Late Tony Horwitz, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Historian
“I find Dave’s writing extremely compelling. He has produced a work that is scholarly, convincing, and practical. Stuck in the Present challenges me to expand my own knowledge of history along with helping my students counteract the postmodern ideas permeating our culture.”
- Diane Keller, Founder, Legacy Community Christian School
“Good historical thinking is absolutely necessary if we Christians are to have a better understanding of ourselves and the culture that we are trying to reach with the gospel. David Moore understands this. His thoughts about history should be heeded by congregations everywhere.”
- John Fea, Professor of History, Messiah College
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Average rating from 4 members
Moore makes his points excellently, building his points with references to many reputable scholars and writers. At the same time, the writing style is very clear, which makes a very accessible book for a layman audience as well as a scholarly audience. A terrific take on an important topic!