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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Interview with Pete Holmes: Comedy, Sex, and God

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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The (Biblical) Universal Christ with Richard Rohr

Interview with Richard Rohr: The (Biblical) Universal Christ

June 3, 2019

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Richard Rohr about the (biblical) universal Christ, and they explore the following questions:

  • Is the Bible pleading with us to move beyond it? How does that work?
  • How do we move from a transactional religion to a transformational religion?
  • How can Richard Rohr’s famous “tricycle” analogy (“Mode of Knowing”) help us through deconstruction and reconstruction?
  • Why does “sola scriptura” send up a red flag for Rohr?
  • What does Richard Rohr mean by Universal Christ—and is it scriptural?
  • Is Christ Jesus’ last name?
  • What is Paul’s shortcut phrase for the Christ mystery that he uses 164 times in his letters?
  • Which passages carry theological significance for a shared historical notion of Christ and creation for the Franciscans?
  • Were the first 13.6 billion years of creation empty of God?
  • What was the first Bible?
  • What is the difference between pantheism and panentheism?
  • What does Richard Rohr teach as the first step in contemplation?
  • What’s the one thing that Fr. Rohr finds it hard to forgive Paul for?
  • What is incarnation? Does what does this mean for our concept of “flesh”?
  • What’s the danger in being raised in a win/lose world?
  • Is mystery not knowable or endlessly knowable?
  • What do we mean by supersessionism and how can we avoid some sense of development across the scriptures?
  • What is the pattern of the universe? How can the divine presence be seen in loss and renewal?
  • Are science and faith compatible?
  • What are some practical things we can do to start down this road towards understanding the universal incarnation, or the Universal Christ?
  • How is the Christian faith evolving?
  • What are Millenials teaching Richard Rohr about living the gospel?
  • Does Richard Rohr have a corporate understanding of salvation?
  • How does Christ expand our understanding of ourselves, the world, and God?

Tweetables

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

  • “I see us moving rather quickly in consciousness from transactional religion to transformational religion.” @RichardRohrOFM
  • “The Universal Christ is the presence of God in matter…that’s the meaning of the incarnation.” @RichardRohrOFM

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