Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, the author of Heart of the Redeemer and Swords Around the Cross: The Nine Years War, presented a talk entitled “Why History?: The Church’s View.” O’Donnell explained the importance that the Church has placed on the study of history and how in recent years the field has suffered from “a crisis of faith.” In the second part of his talk, O’Donnell described the thought of Dr. Warren Carroll and how his historical works responded to this “crisis.”

“It was his goal in his work to tell the full historical story of Christian civilization,” O’Donnell said of Carroll. “From its preparation, birth, growth, climax, division, and its retreat, but always as Carroll said, ‘ready for its coming resurrection.’ Talk about a man of hope.”