Christendom College

Christendom Celebrates Release of History Professor’s New Book

December 2, 2014

The-Past-as-Pilgrimage-CoverOn Wednesday, December 3 at 3:00 pm in St. Kilian’s Café, Dr. Christopher Blum of the Augustine Institute will deliver a talk entitled “St. Francis de Sales and the Renewal of the Catholic Mind.” Directly following the talk at 4:15 pm, Christendom Press will host a launch party and book signing for its newly released title, The Past as Pilgrimage, co-authored by Blum and Christendom history professor Dr. Christopher Shannon.

In their book, Catholic historians Shannon and Blum challenge the secular bias currently prevalent among professional historians, and argue for the compatibility of faith and reason in the study of the past. Their argument seeks to foster a conversation about the ways in which Catholic historians can integrate their faith traditions into their professional work while still remaining open to and engaged with the best of contemporary, non-Catholic thinking and writing about history.

For Shannon, this book is the realization of a dream that slowly developed over his time at Christendom.

“Ever since my first book, Conspicuous Criticism, I have been trying to find some way to bring the Catholic philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre’s concept of ‘tradition’ to bear on the study of history,” he explains. “ It was not until I came to Christendom and started working with Christopher Blum that I found another Catholic historian searching for the same thing. This book grew out of our years working together at Christendom and reflecting on the philosophical nature of Catholic history in light of our shared experience in the classroom. It is our hope that this book will inspire Catholic scholars to think more deeply about the relation between faith and reason as it relates specifically to the teaching and writing of history.”

Following the talk, books will be available for purchase and Dr. Shannon and Dr. Blum will be present to sign copies. For more information or to order the book, visit amppubgroup.com.

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