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History in His Hands

A Christian Narrative of the West

Author(s): Brendan Purcell

ISBN13: 0824526724

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing

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  • Opposing the common exclusion of God from an active role in human history, this work explains how His role exists and can be witnessed in humanitys complicated dualities--in time and space, war and peace, wealth and poverty, and love and hatred. Arguing that history is a master plan--that God, who is reason and love, wills human existence--Dr. Pursell weaves his thesis through both divine revelation and specific historical events. He explains in accessible terms that Gods plan for human history is that of unity in opposing forces; that historical periods are secular constructs--despite human ingenuity and industrialization, all humankind is part of one historical period under God, defined not by machines but by morals. In a style that is both fluid and engrossing, Dr. Pursell offers Christians and historians alike a new vision of human history that is sure to inspire as much as it educates.

  • Brendan Purcell


    Brendan Purcell is Adjunct Professor in Philosophy at Notre Dame University, Sydney. Having studied philosophy at University College Dublin, theology at the Pontifical Lateran University Rome, and psychology at the University of Leuven, he lectured in logic, psychology and philosophical anthropology at University College Dublin, retiring as Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy in 2008.

    He was ordained a priest of Dublin diocese in 1967 and is at present assistant priest at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.


    He wrote The Drama of Humanity: Towards a Philosophy of Humanity in History (1996), and with Detlev Clemens edited and translated Hitler and the Germans, volume 31 of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin (1999). 


    He is also the author of From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution (Veritas, 2011). The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery: Essays in Honour of Brendan Purcell was published by Veritas in 2014. It is edited by Bishop Brendan Leahy and Professor David Walsh. Brendan is also the author of our monthly blog.

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