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Today our guest is Denis Lamoureux and our topic is one that never seems to stay away for very long, evolution and Christian faith. Lamoureux holds three earned doctoral degrees (dentistry, theology, and biology) and is associate professor of science and religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. His books include Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution, I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution, and most recently Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes.
The latest episode of B4NP features Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. Our topic is the practical value of the Old Testament (and no, smarty pants, it’s not a shorter episode than usual).
On this week’s episode, Pete and Jared speak with Brian Zahnd about violence in the Bible. Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church (Saint Joseph, MO), and he writes, blogs, and Tweets regularly on the problem of violence in the Bible. His next book Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God is set to be released August 2017.
In this week’s episode we talk with our guest Matthew Vines about some of the complexities of biblical interpretation concerning human sexuality. Vines is author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.
This week’s episode explores how Judaism engages modern biblical scholarship which is often hostile to that tradition. Our guest is Marc Z. Brettler, Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies, Duke University. He is the author and editor of several important books including The Jewish Study Bible, The Bible and the Believer, The Jewish Annotated New Testament, and How to Read the Bible.
Beginning this week we are moving to our summer schedule—every other week. Our next podcast will be up next Monday (June 19) and our guest will be Marc Brettler to talk about Judaism and biblical scholarship. We will resume our normal weekly schedule September 10.
Until then, muddle through by employing whatever dysfunctional coping habits you’ve developed in your life. It may help to remember that You’re a living organism on this planet and you’re safe. . . . Just stay inside and listen to some music. Do you have any Allman Brothers? (Bonus points if you can name that SNL skit.)