The dead are not dead insofar as we are bound together in the communion of saints, living and dead, and therefore our conversation cannot be limited to those who now live.
Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon
Robert Tracy McKenzieÂ beginsÂ Chapter 1 ofÂ The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from HistoryÂ (InterVarsity Press, 2013) with a sampling of the classroom answers he receives to the question, “What makes a good history book?”Â As I continue to read Chapter 1, I have come to understand the larger question as “What makes good history?” That is, “How do we research, embrace, and live in proper relationship to the ‘real story’ of those who have gone before us?” AND how much more important the answer becomes when approaching those people and events which shape our self-understanding (individual and corporate — a theme touched on in Andy’s “Ants and Thanksgiving” post) as we together live our short lives in the present “context”, shaping and entering the future. . . .
To encourage the exploration of the history of Thanksgiving with family, friends, and colleagues, I offer to youÂ The First Thanksgiving – An Animated Short,Â Robert Tracy McKenzie on The First Thanksgiving, andÂ Robert Tracy’s blogÂ Faith and American History.Â Enjoy 🙂