Carl Becker once made the observation that when eighteenth-century rationalists lifted the religious ideals of the thirteenth century and placed them on a secular base, the historian became the new priest. The author uses this imagery to explore Becker's views of history and to compare his views with those of other influential historians.
Fielding, R. Kent
"Carl Becker and the Historian as Priest and Prophet,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol1/iss1/7