". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

OK -- When and What Is The Reformation?

Last night we were at a small Lutheran college, addressing a senior class in a course in the Communications Dept. "Media and Business."

Only one person in the entire class of 30 + had heard of the Reformation. None of them knew what Reformation was. Two members thought it was the Renaissance, but they didn't know what the Renaissance was either.

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