I have been listening to a series of lectures on church history and I am sad to admit that I did not know a lot of this before now. I did not learn about the history of the church at the local public school I went to, even though many events played key roles in society. I did not learn about Constantine and his famous vision of “in this sign conquer”. I did not learn about Erasmus, Luther, or even Nero. Most of the church history that I know, I have learned from my husband and from my own studies. So my question is this: whose responsibility is it to teach church history?
Does the responsibility rest solely on the family? If so, what should parents be doing to educate themselves?
What about the church? If so, in what setting? Sunday School? The sermons?
What about school or society? Should all history be taught, regardless of apparent religious content?
Or is it all three? In what environment should we learn church history? Should we expect a podium and a 30 minute lecture every time or is there a way to incorporate the facts and lessons of history into everyday life? I would love to hear your opinion on this.