chapter  23
The Life of Jesus Critically Examined (David Friedrich Strauss, 1808–1874)
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In nineteenth-century historiography, Lecky focused history in directions other than traditional politics and diplomacy. His book on rationalism illustrated the power of ideas to a large, appreciative audience, including other historians. He was scrupulous about sources, asked important questions, marshaled effectively a huge fund of knowledge, and wrote with clarity and verve. Is there more one could ask of a historian?