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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

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The Bible for Normal People

Is the Bible Really Enough for Christian Theology? No (and the Bible Says So)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

In chapter 11 of his book Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture, Kent Sparks tackles the question of whether our Christian theology should be limited […]

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The Bible for Normal People

If the Bible is Broken, How Do You Fix It?

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Today we continue our playful romp through Kent Sparks’s recent book Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture. (The first post is here and the previous post is […]

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The Bible for Normal People

It’s not “the Bible” but Holy Scripture (or, Who Gets Invited to the Barbecue?)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

After a couple of weeks of Philadelphia heat, getting caught up on some late projects, and being held in the grip of the drama that is synchronized diving, I am back to […]

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The Bible for Normal People

Is Kent Sparks a Renegade When it Comes to the Bible? Nah, not Really.

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

In chapter 6 of Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture, Sparks makes the following point: what he says about the Bible is not all that different from what others […]

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“The Bible is Diverse Because Life Is”: Rachel Held Evans Continues her Review of “Inspiration and Incarnation”

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Yesterday Rachel continued her discussion of my book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament (Baker, 2005). Here she focuses on chapter 3, “The Old Testament and Theological Diversity.” […]

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violence in the old testament

“God Lets His Children Tell the Story”: An Angle on God’s Violence in the Old Testament

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

My seminary Hebrew professor, former colleague, and friend, Al Groves, who is of blessed memory, was a wonderful, honest, and pastoral man. When dealing with the theological difficulties that arise […]

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How to Read the Bible Like Adults with Pete Enns and Jared Byas