The 'Christian' assumptions of secular hermeneutics

Karl Hand

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The relationship between Christian theology and secular hermeneutics is complex, and it is questionable whether many of the discourses that draw on hermeneutic theory are consistent with the presuppositions hidden beneath the surface. This article demystifies the highly theologised debate between monism and pluralism within the discipline of hermeneutics, and criticises the way that this theology has been done. From a Christian perspective that is free from cumbersome theological categories, a simple, authentic interpersonal ethic is the most appropriate way to approach texts. The implications for scholarly praxis are explored with specific reference to John C. Mellon's 'recovery hermeneutic' reading of Mark's gospel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


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