I come to the questions posed by this volume from a somewhat different background than one might expect. Whereas one might anticipate that I was an Anabaptist first and a scholar second, just the opposite was the case. I Before beginning my graduate studies I had never heard of Anabaptism. Indeed, I was poring over Aristotle's Rhetoric before I was even a Christian. I thus went through much of my graduate studies (not to mention all of college, high school, and elementary school) without giving a thought to how my studies were impacting my faith-never mind how my faith might impact my scholarship. Not only did these questions fail to trouble me, they never even occurred to me.
The fact that I came to Anabaptism late has been significant for me personally, and therefore important for the way in which I think about the relationship between my scholarship and my faith.
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