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Pete’s books

it’s unavoidable and biblical to move beyond the Bible—a quick word about evolution and the Bible

Posted by PeteEnns on January 11, 2017 in The Evolution of Adam Christianity and evolution 24 Comments

Speaking of evolution and Christian faith . . . Much of the confusion, hand-wringing, angst, and raised hackles comes from failing to ask of ourselves a simple question: what do we have the right to expect from the biblical origins texts, namely the story of Adam? I argue in The Evolution of Adam that, far from “attacking” the Bible, information from

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doubt: it’s not cool or hipster, but sacred

Posted by PeteEnns on December 30, 2016 in The Sin of Certainty doubt 11 Comments

Being “saved” by God is an ongoing process of growth and transformation, of dying and rising, of being “conformed to the image of his [God’s] Son,” as Paul puts it (Rom. 8:29). Following Jesus means experiencing the taste of resurrection and ascension now—whether doing laundry, paying bills, or leading nations. Getting there is all about

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Darkness, a vulnerable faith, and the normal Christian life (even at Christmas)

Posted by PeteEnns on December 19, 2016 in The Sin of Certainty Christian faith and life 10 Comments

[I posted this originally in February, but I am posting it again as we are in the Christmas season. I know people who are struggling mightily with depression and spiritual darkness because it is Christmas time. Sometimes it helps to know you are not alone.] On and off over the last few months, I’ve been reading Mother Teresa: Come

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God likes stories, and science backs it up

Posted by PeteEnns on September 28, 2016 in Bible and science The Bible Tells Me So 10 Comments

In The Bible Tells Me So, I have a section called “Stories Work,” which is my conclusion to chapter 3, “God Likes Stories.” My point there is that the writers of the biblical narratives were storytellers. They recalled the past “often the very distant past, not ‘objectively,’ but purposefully. They had skin in the game. These were their stories.

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reading the Old Testament: ya gotta have attitude

Posted by PeteEnns on September 23, 2016 in Ecclesiastes 21 Comments

Christians do not read Scripture for mere historical interest. They read Scripture as members of Christ’s church as a book for Christ’s church, and so ask questions of significance, the nexus between “what it meant” and “what it means.” How one gets from then to now has in my experience proved to be a complex

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for those of you wondering why I interpret the Bible the way I do (which I assume means the entire internet)

Posted by PeteEnns on September 16, 2016 in The Sin of Certainty Inspiration and Incarnation The Bible Tells Me So 15 Comments

My last two books The Bible Tells and So and The Sin of Certainty deal a lot with (spoiler alert) interpreting the Bible—namely what I think the Bible says about certain topics and how I think the Bible should be read. Of course, this has generated some questions, like: “Pete, what exactly is your problem? No, seriously.”

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Hey, look at me. I’m in a video and the internet didn’t break!

Posted by PeteEnns on September 7, 2016 in The Sin of Certainty doubt 20 Comments

Eastern University’s amazing Chalk and Table Learning Collaborative recently made a short video on the topic of trusting God, based on my last book The Sin of Certainty. Despite Chalk and Table’s heroic efforts to find someone who can actually act, they finally had to settle on me. Thankfully, as you’ll see, senior psychology major and student chaplain

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11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the “historical Adam” (reprise)

Posted by PeteEnns on June 15, 2016 in The Evolution of Adam Christianity and evolution 85 Comments

I began getting seriously involved in the Christianity/evolution “controversy” in 2009, which led to my 2012 book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. At that time and since the debate in the evangelical world over the historical Adam continues in an entirely predictable manner: the theological needs of

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“I thought I had a handle on suffering.” An army chaplain lets go of certainty.

Posted by PeteEnns on June 8, 2016 in The Sin of Certainty Bible and culture/current events doubt 13 Comments

Want to hear stories about having a clear and certain faith shattered? Talk to Army chaplains and soldiers with PTSD. In a recent article in The Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein lets us in on “What happens when the military chaplain is shaken by war?”  The article struck me as giving voice to a common phenomenon among

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