The Wiles Lectures

  • Keith C. Sewell
Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)


After 1944 Butterfield became renowned not as a technical historian, but as a writer who was offering a Christian commentary on a cataclysmic century. It was this aspect of his output that attracted public attention.1 At the same time he argued that

[w]hile I am a technical historian, engaged in a specialised kind of enquiry, it is incumbent on me to hold my political and religious views in suspense, and to try to understand the … Mohammedan or Communist better than these people understand themselves. Yet since I believe in Christianity I must allow myself to come out of my specialised thinking, and in the world of action I must see life and history … with the eyes of a Christian.2


Historical Research Level Formulation World History General History Universal History 
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  1. 2.
    Foreword to E. H. Dance, History Without Bias? (1954), p. 9.Google Scholar
  2. 52.
    Rudolf Bultmann, History and Eschatology (1957), pp. 146, 154.Google Scholar
  3. 56.
    Pieter Geyl, review of MHP, CHJ 12 (1956), 89–92, at 92; cf. MHP, p. 141.Google Scholar

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  • Keith C. Sewell
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryDordt CollegeUSA

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