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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Violence of God

The Bible for Normal People

When the “Good Book” is Bad: Challenging the Bible’s Violent Portrayals of God

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Today’s post, the first of three, is written by Dr. Eric Seibert, Professor of Old Testament at Messiah College. Much of Seibert’s work is centered on addressing the problematic portrayals […]

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Has John Piper Changed his Mind about “It’s Right for God to Slaughter Women and Children Anytime He Pleases”? (I’m just asking because the page is missing)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

I just noticed that the link to John Piper’s post “How Could God Kill Women and Children?” is now dead–and I do not wish to dwell on the irony of […]

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Brian McLaren’s “Toward the Other” (Christianity ≠ Hating People)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Recently, Brian McLaren posted a video “Toward the Other.” The video summarizes the main points of McLaren’s new book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: […]

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“And Always Let Your Context Be Your Guide”: Reading the Bible in Context

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Over at Jesus Creed, the inveterate and insightful blogger “RJS” has begun a discussion of the role of historical context for biblical interpretation. RJS begins the post by talking about creation in […]

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And Brief (and let’s hope final, but If I know me probably not) Comment on God’s Violence in the Old Testament

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

I’ve been writing some posts lately, beginning here, about God’s violence in the Old Testament, especially toward the Canaanites. I don’t mean to beat a dead horse (pardon the violent metaphor), and I am […]

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“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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