Short interview on why I blog and whether more academics should blog

Joshua Mann–PhD candidate in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh–is publishing a series of short interviews on academic blogging, and my interview just went up.

Should more academics blog? If I may answer in typical academic fashion–yes and no. Sorry. Occupational hazard.


  • Tim Conrad

    I was just thinking about the emergence of academics blogging yesterday just after reading a post on your blog. I have to say, I appreciate it. It gives me a way to stay abreast of at least part of the musings of the scholarly community after my post-secondary education. Keeps me sharp, keeps me questioning and grappling.

  • Jim

    You and others have saved me untold continuing educational expense through your blog and suggested books. Thanks for being such an influence in my own theological overhaul.

  • Lise

    “I would like to see more academics catch a vision for popular writing, of whatever sort…” I appreciated this comment, Peter for I wish more theologians would use their expertise to write for a secular audience. Martin Luther King Jr. and C.S. Lewis were two intelligent men who managed to write openly about Christianity but in a way that appealed to people of other faiths as well. And they had a major influence on popular thought. If theologians/academics don’t do more networking as intellectuals in the secular world, the only people the mainstream will be hearing from are the fundamentalists – giving the general population a very skewed view of Christianity.

    Related, theologians often restrict their teaching to seminaries which is unfortunate as well. I know there are reasons for this and that Christian academics often feel they can’t be open about their faith at secular universities without being taken seriously, blah, blah, blah. But I personally would have benefited greatly from taking a “literature” class or “religious studies” class when I was an undergrad at a secular school from someone like you or the profs I’ve studied with at Fuller. It would have rocked my world and would probably have led me to be a believer simply from the academic study. I took classes in Eastern religions purely out of curiosity and benefited greatly on spiritual and intellectual fronts. I would have loved to have had a Christian scholar around as well.

  • Kris

    Thanks Peter. The answer to your last interview question was real encouraging.