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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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Interview with Jennifer Knust: The Bible as a Living Document

September 16, 2019

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Jennifer Knust as they explore the following questions:

  • What is textual transmission?
  • How have Bibles changed over time?
  • Why do we have so many English translations of the Bible?
  • How has our view of the Bible changed overtime?
  • When did people start caring about the “original” version of the Bible?
  • Is our obsession with the “original” version of the Bible harmful?
  • How have we strayed from the historical tradition of the Bible?
  • Where do the chapters and verses in the Bible come from?
  • Why were chapters and verses added to the Bible?
  • Do chapter and verse placements matter?
  • How old are the oldest Greek New Testament manuscripts? 
  • How do Greek manuscripts present multiple interpretations?
  • What are the difficulties in translating Greek manuscripts?
  • How have different people loved the Bible throughout history?
  • How did the Dead Sea Scrolls actually set us back in our understanding of the Bible?

Tweetables

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

  • “Every [Bible] translation is always an interpretation.” Jennifer Knust
  • “Protestants have a tradition… that we should assume the importance of the original over and against tradition.” Jennifer Knust
  • “We can’t assume every copyist [of biblical manuscripts] had the same attitude towards texts that we do.” Jennifer Knust
  • “The Bible is incredibly complicated even if you’re just reading it in English.” Jennifer Knust
  • “How wonderful that there were all of these people over centuries who loved these books and tried to copy them correctly as they understood what correctly meant.” Jennifer Knust
  • “The Holy Spirit seems to move through people and nature and interaction and prayer. So wouldn’t it work in that way with scripture as well?” Jennifer Knust

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