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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Interview with Andrew Perriman: Does the New Testament Predict the Future?

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Andrew Perriman about the eschatology found in the Bible and how history helps us understand these apocalyptic texts as they explore the following questions:

  • Is Jesus really coming back?
  • What was the reception of Revelation to the original audience?
  • Where do we get the idea of the “second coming”?
  • How does Jesus use eschatological texts?
  • Was eschatology a major concern of the early church?
  • Does the eschatology of the Bible apply to us?
  • What do we need to be aware of when we read the eschatological texts of the Bible?
  • How does the history of early Christians inform how we should read Revelation?
  • Why was eschatology threatening in the political environment of the early church?
  • What kind of questions about the future was the early church trying to answer?
  • What is the importance of the renewal of heaven and earth?
  • What is Jesus talking about when he talks about the future?
  • How can we find meaning in the eschatological texts of the Bible today?
  • What is the New Testament teaching of the future?
  • Is there hope of resurrection in the Jewish tradition before Jesus?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Andrew Perriman you can share. 

  • “My concern has always been to ask, ‘Well how does this language sound from the perspective of the historical community at the time of writing and at the time of first reception?’” @andrewperriman
  • “What sort of issues, what sort of development going on in the real world might that language have applied to?” @andrewperriman
  • “We’ve lost the interpretive narrative that made sense of [the second coming of Christ] to the early church and we’re simply no longer in the historical situation where it was felt to be important.” @andrewperriman
  • “The apocalyptic details that we get from Jesus or we get from Paul or we get for Revelation had relevance seen from their own historical perspective.” @andrewperriman
  • “How do we fashion a new imaginary for the church? How do we imagine a new future? ” @andrewperriman
  • “It’s probably only in the modern era [eschatology] has gone somewhat mainstream again and now we’re sort of coming back to it with a very different set of questions because of what we’ve learned from historical criticism.” @andrewperriman

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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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