If you don't know the history surrounding the events behind the stories of a religion, can you really understand the stories at all? And by history, I mean the independent, academic research supported by the same accounts appearing in the writing done by scholars and governments and historical letters and books of the time, not the history as presented in an actual religious text or the writings done by representatives of the church?
Is it enough to teach someone about Moses leading people out of Egypt or the Crusades fighting the "bad guys"? Or is it only meaningful is someone understands what was going on in the bigger picture in Egypt, like who was ruling and how, and what was going on outside the Pope's office, thousands of miles away, while he was giving his blessing to a war?
I think the events should be studied in context to historical information that we have for that time, what challenges were the people facing what else might have been happening.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 4:50 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
I want to add that history is complex and we don't get a full picture of events, only what we are able to uncover and try to understand. We never can have the full picture.
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