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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Episode 100: Genesis for Normal People

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk about the themes in their newly upgraded book: Genesis for Normal People! They give us a taste of the multifaceted nature of Genesis as they explore the following questions:

  • How have science and archeology influenced how we read Genesis? 
  • What do we assume when we say the Bible makes historical claims?
  • What are the different creation accounts in Genesis trying to tell us?
  • What are some of the underlying themes of Genesis?
  • How do the themes of Genesis help us understand when the text was written?
  • How is Genesis connected to Proverbs?
  • How does the God character change throughout Genesis?
  • What are some themes of the Joseph story?
  • What’s the deal with all the younger brothers in the Bible?
  • What does the Bible teach us about lying and trickery?
  • How does privilege affect the questions we ask about the Bible?
  • How does Genesis mirror a political map of a later time?
  • How does the ancient worldview differ from ours today?
  • Why was Genesis written?
  • How do the contents of Genesis shape how we read the rest of the Bible?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Pete and Jared you can share. 

  • “A careful reading of the Bible is a beautiful thing; it can also be a rather deconstructing thing at times.” @peteenns
  • “If we read the Bible closely, it impacts how we think of scripture in general” @jbyas
  • “Modern, western assumptions are not eternally correct and protected from all criticism.” @peteenns
  • A real critical approach means you are critical of yourself as well when you read it. That doesn’t hamstring you, it actually frees you to explore the text and to engage people of the past who have engaged it as well.” @peteenns
  • “A close reading [of the Bible] is prophetic in the sense that it criticizes our own assumptions and ideologies that we’ve brought to it” @jbyas
  • “The past is always written about for the sake of present… there’s some connection to helping us understand who we are today.” @peteenns
  • “Why are these themes here, what are they trying to say?” @jbyas
  • “When you write about the past you’re trying to say something about your present.” @peteenns

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September 9, 2019

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, actor, comedian, and enlightened guru Pete Holmes joins Pete & Jared to talk about his interesting journey of faith and the importance of moving from reading the Bible with your head to reading it with your heart.

  • Is the point of religion really to just be a good person?
  • Why is “myth” is a good thing?
  • Pete Holmes asks: Why didn’t Adam and Eve have sex until after they left the garden?
  • What is Christianity really about?
  • How do we know we are good?
  • Why is it important to reconstruct after deconstruction?
  • Why is an atheist God’s greatest creation?
  • What is the purpose of paradox?
  • Why are patience and humility essential in a life of faith?
  • What are myths trying to tell us?
  • How much access to reality do we really have?
  • Does ultimate reality conform to the way we’ve constructed our world?
  • Why do we need to stop thinking so much?
  • Where should we look to know God?
  • Why do we need to stop objectifying God?
  • How do we disassociate with our false self?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Pete Holmes that you can share. 

  • “We’ve gotten lost in worshiping other people’s experiences.” @peteholmes
  • “The way at an unknowable infinite reality is not going to be a direct line.” @peteholmes
  • “Don’t worship my transformation, get to transforming yourself.” @peteholmes
  • “God is seducing you by any means necessary to transform and convert your heart into your true self.” @peteholmes
  • “This isn’t a holding room, this isn’t a test, this is the play of the Divine.” @peteholmes
  • “We’ve created God into a thing over there so that we can think about it by virtue of how language works. But ultimate reality doesn’t conform to the way that we’ve constructed our world.” @peteholmes
  • “Religion does not summarize to be a good person.” @peteholmes

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