Hidden Perspectives

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Mark Finney Interview by Aysha Musa

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mark_finneyCan you introduce yourself to our readers and give us an idea of what you do?

My name is Mark and I am a lecturer in New Testament studies in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. As part of my lecturing I teach modules on Greek, the Apostle Paul, the Bible and the Arts; Religion and Violence as well as various others.

What will you be doing at the Hidden Perspectives festival?

Having a good time and providing some musical entertainment (Bluesy/Jazzy/Rocky). One of our third years (Jamie Parker) will be accompanying me on the Piano.

How long have you played the guitar for? When did you start playing?

I started on the Mandolin at age 9, and a few years later took up playing the guitar.

Do you play any other instruments?

I used to play a Piano, but unfortunately no longer have the time.

Why do you think projects like Hidden Perspectives are important?

Projects like Hidden Perspectives are vital in opening up different perspectives on life & relationships, particularly within the context of Religion, which has historically, tended to impose an ideological framework on what is a correct lifestyle or appropriate relationship.

Have you been involved with other projects like Hidden Perspectives?

As President of the Students’ Union of the City of Leeds College of Music I headed up a big campaign in support of L&G students in the College.

What has been your experience of the interaction between LGBT & Religion?

In the past very I have noticed that it has been a cautious/uneasy relationship, but over the last few years has been developing positively.


Author: Hidden Perspectives

A research project within the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) at The University of Sheffield.

One thought on “Mark Finney Interview by Aysha Musa

  1. The prophet Daniel associated certain kinds of “musick” with idolatry. Do you know what these musical instruments are and if it is idolatrous to play them in public settings?

    “When all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up” (The Book of Daniel, Chapter 3)

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