Thanksgiving, historically considered

22 Nov

Next week brings us the Thanksgiving holiday. Apropos to this, I’d call your attention to a fine new book by Wheaton College historian Robert Tracy McKenzie: The First Thanksgiving.

Published by InterVarsity Press, McKenzie’s book accomplishes at least two things. First, it critically investigates what did and did not happen, and why, at the “First Thanksgiving” of 1621. Second, in the process of accomplishing the former, it helps readers to better think historically, in Christ. That is, McKenzie writes to help those who take their Christian faith seriously to also take history seriously.

I will be trying out the book with students this spring in my Introduction to Historical Inquiry course (His150). Meanwhile, McKenzie has a blog. His latest post can give you an idea of his approach in the book.

 

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