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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

New Testament

wisdom

Reading Someone Else’s Mail

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

We got a new mail carrier some time ago, and I keep getting letters that are clearly intended for someone else, judging by the names and addresses clearly marked on […]

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easter and faith

A Thought about Easter and the Bizarre Christian Faith

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

I have no problem saying—in fact, I think is it good and healthy to say—that I have, and have always had, some intellectual barriers to the Christian faith. Not all […]

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mystery

Why Does Paul Call Christ a “Mystery”?

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Glad you asked. The New Testament reading in church this past Sunday was Ephesians 3:1-12. What struck me was how the author (Paul or a later follower of his) speaks […]

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St. Augustine

Was There a “Fall” or Did Augustine Really Screw Everything Up?

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The “fall” of humanity, as some Christians understand it, completely dependent on Augustine’s misreading of one verse in the book of Romans.

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jesus's death

The (Not So) Radical Idea of Jesus’s Death Atoning for the Sins of Others

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Ever wonder what it means for Jesus to die “for” others? Yeah, me too. I get how someone can take a bullet for his buddy, or pleading with the kidnappers […]

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old testament origins

Christians and the Old Testament: Don’t Expect Jesus to Solve Your Problems (Or Do; It Depends)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

When Christians run up against interpretive challenges in the Old Testament–like killing Canaanites to take their land or the meaning of the Adam story vis-a-vis science–a common way of handling […]

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