On the Proper Place for the Study of the Church History Cover Image

O náležitom mieste štúdia dejín Cirkvi
On the Proper Place for the Study of the Church History

Author(s): Josep María Barnadas
Subject(s): History
Published by: VERBUM - vydavateľstvo Katolíckej univerzity v Ružomberku
Keywords: historical research; Church history; Christianity; methodology; Latin America; Bolivia

Summary/Abstract: It seems that what started with Hubert Jedin as a talk about the theologicity of the study of the Church history, today ends up with the establishment of the struggle for dominance between the confessional and the non-confessional or even with breaking the study away from the faith, i.e. with the struggle between the faithful historiography and laicist historiography (virtually atheist historiography). In reality, it is necessary to insist upon the fact that it is only a case of a sectorial aspect of the struggle for the absolute dominance of growing laicism over the right to the social presence of Christians as such. With the passage of nearly fifty years, it is now much harder to defend the position of the ecclesiastical extra-theological historiography, as the new configuration of the environment and its players has radicalized the terms. It is time to understand that currently the real debate does not primarily lie in whether the atheists, agnostics or members of other religions or denominations may also deal with the study of the historical phenomenon of Christianity. The debate lies in whether the confessional or the faithful approach in general will be granted the same scientific legitimacy as approaches opposite to it. It seems that the faithful are not allowed to surrender the place that belongs to them. Especially, they are not allowed to disguise the perfidious cowardice with the terms like “a progressive view of faith” or other, no less credible terms, because the place that belongs to them is absolutely the proper place for the study of the Church history.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 52-66
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Slovak