Beyond Worldview Analysis: Insights from Hans-Georg Gadamer on Christian Scholarship

Roger P. Ebertz


Christian scholars have frequently employed the concept of a worldview. A common approach has been to conceptualize our work as Christian scholars as beginning with the Christian worldview, analyzing the worldviews of others, refining the gold that one can find in these other worldviews, and synthesizing this gold into the Christian worldview. Roger P. Ebertz criticizes this “worldview analysis model” and argues that the method it suggests is in fact impossible and an unhelpful way to think about Christian scholarship. He outlines several insights from Hans-Georg Gadamer and sketches a more adequate “hermeneutical model” of Christian scholarship. Mr. Ebertz is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA.


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