I’ve heard this question [why study church history?] a lot over the years. In response, I’ve come up with a number of important reasons for looking into our rearview mirrors as we seek to drive forward into the future:

* It will cure our ignorance of the past.
* It will curb the arrogance of our present.
* It will conserve the faith for the future.
* It will connect us to a rich legacy.
* It will counter the claims of critics.
* It will cultivate Christian growth.
* It will clarify our interpretation of Scripture.
— Michael J. Svigel, 'Retro-Christianity,' 42.