book notes and reviews

if you’ve ever wondered why the Bible contradicts itself: a jewish solution

Posted by PeteEnns on January 13, 2017 in book notes and reviews nature of the Bible 10 Comments

Readers of this blog will know that I think Christians (namely evangelicals) can learn a lot from how Judaism (in its varied forms) looks at the nature of the Bible and its interpretation. Bottom line: Judaism tends to be more flexible in accepting the Bible’s diversity and contradictions. The question this raises, though, is how

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Good Christian Sex

Posted by Jared Byas on September 27, 2016 in book notes and reviews Jared Byas 13 Comments

by Jared Byas My wife was very curious when she glanced over at my nightstand a few weeks ago to see Good Christian Sex across the spine of a book I’d recently been sent to review. That was some interesting conversation for sure. But as someone who used to teach Ethics at a Christian university,

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Why we should make a really, really big deal about Jesus’s humanity: short interview with J. R. Daniel Kirk on his new book

Posted by PeteEnns on September 12, 2016 in book notes and reviews New Testament 27 Comments

Today’s post a short interview is with J. R. Daniel Kirk, author of the recently published A Man Attested by God (Eerdmans, 2016). Now, despite what you might conclude from the book’s cover, AMABG is NOT Kirk’s autobiography (haha, read the title slowly and chuckle along with me for a moment). The book, rather, is a study of

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the brand new NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible—some first impressions

Posted by PeteEnns on August 15, 2016 in book notes and reviews 25 Comments

I just received the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (to be released August 23, available in hardcover, leather, and e-version) and spent a day reading through significant portions of it. When an evangelical Bible commentary or study Bible is published, I get an initial feel for it by seeing how perennial evangelical hot-button issues are handled, like: creation, Adam,

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A Book About Post-Colonialism Not Written By A White Dude

Posted by Jared Byas on September 29, 2015 in Bible and culture/current events book notes and reviews Evangelicalism Jared Byas No Comments

by Jared Byas I recently read Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis (seriously, can we ease up on the catchphrases, publishers?) and found it to be one of the better attempts to wed postcolonial theology with evangelicalism. This book was written out of conversations at 2010 and 2011 Roundtable Discussions at AAR, with

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best book on evolution and faith I’ve read in years (or, constructing a cathedral in your mind)

Posted by PeteEnns on July 27, 2015 in book notes and reviews Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 33 Comments

I bet you thought I was going to talk about my book The Evolution of Adam. Fooled you. ******** I’ve been around this block for a few years now. Generally speaking, the debate over the compatibility of evolution and Christianity, especially among evangelicals, lacks the input of scientists who not only practice their discipline but who have

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let’s talk about sexual purity and evangelical anxiety, shall we?

Posted by PeteEnns on July 9, 2015 in book notes and reviews Christian faith and life Evangelicalism guest posts 33 Comments

Today’s post is a book review of Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence, by Sarah Moslener. The review itself isn’t by me but by someone who actually knows what she’s talking about: Dr. Margaret Kim Peterson, Associate Professor of Theology at Eastern University in Saint Davids, PA. Peterson’s Ph.D. is in theology and ethics from

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