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Evolution, the Bible, and Presbyterians in the Civil War South (or, please stop the merry-go-round I’m getting nauseous)

Posted by PeteEnns on September 19, 2014 in Christianity and evolution interviews 9 Comments

Today we have an interview with Monte Harrell Hampton (PhD, University of North Carolina), visiting instructor of U.S. history at North Carolina State University and a pastor in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. He’s written Storm of Words: Science, Religion, and Evolution in the Civil War Era. The title sort of gives it away, which

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“We are all heroes of our own stories”: interview with Brandon Withrow on academic freedom in evangelicalism

Posted by PeteEnns on August 6, 2014 in academic freedom interviews 9 Comments

Today’s post is an interview with Brandon Withrow, who teaches religious studies at the University of Findlay, about his latest book Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (co-authored with Menachem Wecker). Withrow and Wecker examine seminaries affiliated with two faith traditions–Christian and Jewish–and explore the challenges, as well as prospective solutions, confronting

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pastors, burnout, failure, and shame (interview with J. R. Briggs)

Posted by PeteEnns on June 16, 2014 in Christian faith and life interviews

Today’s post is an interview with J. R. Briggs, author of Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure (see also here). Briggs serves as Cultutral Cultivator for The Renew Community, a network of Jesus communities made up of skeptics & dreamers scattered throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. He also authored When God Says Jump: Biblical

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evolution, creationism, intelligent design and THE problem of animal suffering (interview with Ron Osborn)

Posted by PeteEnns on February 13, 2014 in Christianity and evolution interviews

Today’s post is an interview with Ronald E. Osborn, author of Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, a critique “scientific creationism” and wrestles with questions of divine goodness in the light of harrowing realities of animal suffering.  In my opinion, this is one of the more perplexing, and even unsettling, issues for

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a new book on what Christians today can learn about the Bible from people who have been dead for about 1500 years

Posted by PeteEnns on February 3, 2014 in interviews

Today’s post is an interview with Michael Graves on his recent book, The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us. Graves (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is Armerding Chair of Biblical Studies and Associate Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, IL. Dr. Graves is the author of Jerome’s Hebrew Philology (2007),

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A Hope for Evangelicals and Civil Political Discourse (interview with Harold Heie)

Posted by PeteEnns on January 22, 2014 in Evangelicalism interviews

Today’s post is by Harold Heie, Senior Fellow at the Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College (full bio here). He is the author of Learning to Listen, Ready to Talk: A Pilgrimage Toward Peacemaking,and his interest is in creating respectful conversations on the internet about difficult topics. Below is my interview with Harold Heie concerning his book, Evangelicals on Public Policy

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Did Jesus have a wife? I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot shepherd’s staff, but I know someone who will

Posted by PeteEnns on October 28, 2013 in interviews New Testament 12 Comments

Today’s post is an interview with Anthony Le Donne on his new book The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals. Le Donne (PhD, Durham) is the author/editor of six other books including The Historiographical Jesus: Memory, Typology, and the Son of David. He co-founded the Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts Consultation and serves as

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A Calvinist learns from Catholics how to be a better Calvinist–part 2 in a series

Posted by PeteEnns on August 8, 2013 in Christian faith and life interviews

Today’s post is the second of 2 by Dr. Chuck DeGroat in his series Reformed and Contemplative: Discovering Both 16th Century Reformations. The first post is here. DeGroat is the author of Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places, and co-founder and senior fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies, a partnership between City Church San Francisco (where he has served as a teaching pastor) and Western Theological Seminary (where

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