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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was incarcerated during WW2 and killed in the last days of the war, once wrote a poem (in his famous letters from prison) called “Who am I?”. It is a beutiful poem, full of existensial power.  One that hung over my desk during my postgraduate degree.

Somewhat more trivial is a list of blogs, assembled by a blogger called NT Wrong (clearly playing on N.T. “Tom” Wright). The point with the list is to categorise bibliobloggers (Biblical Studies Blogs) according to how liberal or conservative they are. I found the list quite intriguing and used it (once again) to contemplate on the question “Who am I?”. The interesting part is that when I scrolled through the list of biblioblogs that I subscribe to, I found out that most of those blogs are in the category “very conservative” to “fairly conservative”. That I am no longer in the category “very conservative” (I do have a background in IFES) hardly comes as any surprise, I’ve read to much theology and taken some big personal steps since back when I was a part of IFES. But my main surprise in the list is that the honourable bishop Spong is seens as “conservative liberal”, in my view he is “very liberal”. So where does that leave me?

I guess I’ll leave that to Dietrich to answer, he puts it best in the last lines of his poem:

Who am I? This or the other?
Am I one person today and tomorrow another?
Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,
And before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling?
Or is something within me still like a beaten army,
Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?
Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.
Whoever I am, Thou knowest, 0 God, I am Thine!
4th March 1946


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