Author Interview: Scott Keith
Dr. Scott Keith is the Executive Director of 1517 The Legacy Project and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine. He is a co-host of The Thinking Fellows Podcast and a Contributor to The Jagged Word, 1517 The Legacy Project, and Christ Hold Fast blogs. Dr. Keith is the author of Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace. He earned his doctorate from Foundation House Oxford, under the sponsorship of the Graduate Theological Foundation, studying under Dr. James A. Nestingen. Dr. Keith’s research focused on the doctrine of good works in the writings of Philip Melanchthon.
1) As the author of a variety of books on a variety of subjects, how do you narrow down the topic for each book project?
I usually just follow my interest or area of specific knowledge. Being Dad and The Jagged Word Field Guide came out of what I saw as a need. That is, men need to know that it is okay to be good masculine men, and fathers need to know it is important for them to be the major influence in the lives of their children. The other books––those published already and those that are forthcoming––mostly came about because they focus on an area of research which I’ve spent years studying.
2) How has your time as the executive director of 1517 shaped your writing?
Honestly, I think it’s slowed me down. I love my job with 1517, especially working with so many talented and dedicated people. But, it takes a lot of time. Research and writing often end up at the bottom of my list, not the top. Having said that, working at 1517 has helped me to hone my idea of what is important. We recently shaped our message to say that the primary reason we exist as an organization is to share the Gospel of Christ Jesus with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible. My writing has taken on that same flavor, and I think it is for the better.
3) Do you have a favorite book that you’ve written?
Being Dad, for sure. It is a book that has the potential to seriously affect the reader. The perspective on fatherhood–which was not originally my own–can really change the way men see their role in the family. Once a man is free to forgive those God has placed into his life, things are never the same.
4) Apart from all things 1517, what do you read for leisure?
Well, we quite frequently go over “what we are reading” on Think Fellows episodes. My contributions are somewhat diverse. I read some books on Theology proper. But, I also read books from authors like Ed. Abbey, Robert Pursig, and Jack Kerouac. I also like to read more modern books on a variety of topics like memory retention, sociological studies on the role of men in society, and modern histories. Most recently I am re-reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance with my daughter. We do a little book and coffee from time to time to discuss it. If readers want to know what I am reading, the list is always up on Thinkingfellows.com.
5) What can we anticipate to read from you next?
I am currently finishing up an edited work on the idea of friendship and two books on Philip Melanchthon. I anticipate that they will have staggered release between late 2018 and early 2020.
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