Burkholder beardI teach history and serve as chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. My research interests center on the intersection of evangelicalism, Anabaptism, and Pietism. Though I am a historian, I am also concerned with larger questions about faith, politics, and current events.

Why “The Hermeneutic Circle?”

A Hermeneutic Circle is a representation of how one approaches the world of ideas. (Hermeneutics is the art of interpreting sources.) Sometimes we approach learning as a linear process – knowledge is “downloaded” from some source we consider to be an authority. But viewing learning as a circular process offers a better approach that takes into account our starting assumptions, encourages analysis of various sources, and allows for adjustment that can flex over time. This blog allows me to participate in the circle of ideas and conversations about topics that interest me and hopefully offer something that moves forward ongoing conversations.