The purpose of (church) history is…

Philip Schaffer gives a wonderful rationale for knowing history, especially church history: “How shall we labor with any effect to build up the Church if we have no thorough knowledge of her history, or fail to apprehend it from the proper point of observation? History is, and must ever continue to be, next to God’s Word, the richest fountain of wisdom, and the surest guide to all successful practical activity.” (HT: John Kwasny)

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