You can read the interview HERE. Ben's Blog is "Faith and Theology" which you can find HERE.
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Blogger of the Month for March 2008
Jim West Interviews Ben Myers
Editorial Note: Ben Myers is the author of Faith and Theology at http://faith-theology.blogspot.com/.
JW: Ben, thanks for agreeing to answering some questions for our readers. Let me say, right at the front, that though you are not officially a ‘biblioblogger’, your blog is related to the wider field of Biblical / Theological studies. Is that how you see it as well?
BM: Yes, I think that’s right. Although my main focus is on dogmatic theology, I’m very interested in the relation between theology and exegesis. My own theological thinking has been deeply influenced by the work of biblical scholars like Bultmann, Gerhard von Rad, Ernst Käsemann, and J. Louis Martyn. And on my blog there are occasional skirmishes into biblical studies — for example, my recent posts include an engagement with Mike Bird on the question of the exegetical basis of theology, as well as a theological critique of Gerd Lüdemann’s interpretation of the historical-critical method. So although I’ll only ever be (pardon me, Jim) a dilettante in biblical studies, the blog at least allows me to have conversations with biblical studies specialists, and I’m very grateful for that. Come to think of it, I’m also very glad to see bibliobloggers who are willing to venture a bit of dilettantish engagement with theology! One of the things I like most about the blogosphere is its interdisciplinary ethos, and the way it enables conversations between people from very diverse academic and ecclesial backgrounds.
JW: Tell us about yourself. Where did you study, and what was the topic of your dissertation?
BM: I did my PhD at James Cook University in Australia, with a dissertation on John Milton’s relation to 17th-century theological controversies. Before I got interested in the history of theology, I was really into modern literature — I wrote a short thesis on Samuel Beckett at one stage. And although I ended up doing my doctorate on Milton, I’ve also been obsessed for several years with the work of Karl Barth. So my current postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Queensland is allowing me to spend plenty of time with Barth.
JW: What about your ‘non-academic’ background? And I mean by that, where were you raised and what do your parents do for work? Have you siblings and if so, how many?BM: I was born at the bottom of the world — Tasmania, that is — but I grew up on the coast of tropical North Queensland. Some of my earliest years were spent living in a beach-front house on Magnetic Island, which is a little island on the Great Barrier Reef. Although these days the island is overrun by sunburnt tourists, at the time it was just a little bohemian community.
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