Historians and the Problem of Miracles Scott K. Taylor Saint Francis of Assisi, by Spanish painter Jusepe de Ribera 1591-1652. (Photo by: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images) Historians, like most academics, are a secular lot. Is this a bias that prevents a deeper understanding of religious history? Print & PDF Version Share This About The Author:Scott K. Taylor is associate professor of History at the University of Kentucky. He manages the blog EM Spanish History Notes.