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Violence of God

When the Bible Corrects Itself—More on Violence in the Bible

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

In his book Being Christian, Rowan Williams discusses what to do with problematic stories in the Bible—like those parts where people are dropping like flies (see here). Williams raises the […]

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a brief word on how to handle shocking things we read in the Bible (or, “Go, Rowan”)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The Bible is, you might say, God telling us a parable or a whole sequence of parables. God is saying, ‘This is how people heard me, saw me, responded to […]

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a quick comment on why biblical literalism makes baby Jesus cry

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

A few days ago (October 23 to be exact) my homie Brad Jersak posted on his Facebook page the following proposal. I thought it was an interesting—and even vital—point to make, and so […]

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Game of Thrones and the Bible—a thought about violence

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Yes, I watch Game of Thrones. So do you. It’s a great storyline especially if you can get past the first 2 seasons, which are basically pornography—although, I also get […]

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reading the old testament

“People Are Just Dying All over the Place”—Reading the Old Testament Historical Books

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

This semester I’ll be teaching a course on the Old Testament “historical books”—Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah. (I cover Chronicles as part […]

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Paris, ISIS, and the Christian responsibility to wrestle with biblical violence

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

I found it hard to get to sleep last night. The horror in Paris is to say the least unsettling and disorienting. What is happening in our world? How can it […]

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