In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk about Pete’s book, How the Bible Actually Works as they explore the following questions:
- Why did Pete write How the Bible Actually Works?
- What is the point of the Bible?
- What does the ambiguity of the Bible teach us about God?
- What are some examples of different theologies in the Bible?
- What does the Bible teach us about reading the Bible?
- How do Jonah and Nahum represent two conflicting theologies?
- How can the messiness of the Bible actually be freeing?
- How has the Bible been interpreted throughout church history and what can that teach us?
- How do our metaphors for God shape how we read the Bible?
- What are healthy ways to read the Bible?
- How do we limit ourselves in our readings of the Bible?
- Why is leaving room for ambiguity in our Bible reading a more responsible way to read the Bible?
Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Pete and Jared you can share.
- “[The Bible] is a text we get to engage, we don’t control it.” @peteenns
- “The diversity of the Bible tells us that we’re already seeing within the Bible itself people grappling with what the Bible means.” @peteenns
- “I actually think at the end of the day, it’s not so much what the Bible means, it’s grappling with what God is like.” @peteenns
- “We have to be very careful not to impose things on the Bible. All of us do that, I do that, all of us do that. I think we should be at least self-aware of what it is we’re doing.” @peteenns
- “We do ourselves a disservice by this dominate metaphor of God being a parent and us being children, because I think in a lot of traditions we build theological systems for children and then we don’t allow people to really grow up.” @jbyas
- “I don’t think God is out to dehumanize us and to keep us just simple people who are afraid to ask questions or afraid to risk.” @peteenns
- “This whole thing about growing in the faith it involves risk and pain and suffering… and I think just dealing with the Bible is a microcosm of the whole spiritual journey.” @peteenns
- “I think a tolerance for ambiguity is a very important lesson for all of us to learn from.” @peteenns
- “Learning to deal with the ambiguity I think forces you into a position of dependence on God in a good way, in a healthy way.” @peteenns
- “Maybe God is in our midst and values that we’re doing the best that we can and it’s going to be ok. I think the Bible models that for us.” @peteenns