Reception Held for New Book by Grace History Professor

The latest title to come from the talents of Grace faculty was honored with a book reception on Monday, May 14. “The Activist Impulse”—14-chapter, 400-pages—was co-edited by Jared Burkholder, Associate Professor of History. Both Burkholder and Dr. Mark Norris, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, had a chapter in the book.

“The Activist Impulse” features a unique perspective of several scholars and historians who offer a thorough analysis on the interweaving history and impact of the Anabaptist and Evangelical communities. Of the book, it’s publishers (Pickwick Publications, Wipf and Stock) say; “…At various points in the past as well as the present, evangelicals and Anabaptists have found ample reason for conversation and much to appreciate about each other. The Activist Impulse” represents the first book-length examination of the complex relationship between evangelicalism and Anabaptism in the past thirty years.”

The book was highly praised by Christian historians such as Mark Noll who said that it was “the best” work on the particular subject. Burkholder and Norris join a growing number of professionals at Grace College who have published titles in their area of expertise.

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The Seminary is conservative, evangelical, and has a rich tradition of sound biblical education that prepares men and women for both local and global church ministry. All of the institution’s academic, residential, athletic, and social priorities are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. Grace College also offers convenient and flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees and an on-campus or online degree completion program. The newest initiative—Grace College Weber School—is a highly-affordable, easily-accessible two-year degree program in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Grace has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.


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