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Inspiration and Incarnation

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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I still think there is a “scandal of the evangelical mind” and here it is: we’re not allowed to use it

Posted by PeteEnns on May 9, 2016 in academic freedom Inspiration and Incarnation Evangelicalism 100 Comments

Mark Noll’s 1995 book  The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind hit a raw nerve when he declared “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” He argued that Evangelical scholarship had a minimal presence in doing serious academic research, and that they need to—and can—do better. His followup book in

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10th anniversary edition of Inspiration and Incarnation ready for pre-order

Posted by PeteEnns on August 17, 2015 in announcements Inspiration and Incarnation 4 Comments

In case you were having a bad day, now you can have a good day. I am told by the publisher that all major retailors have the 2nd edition of Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament available for pre-order. I am also told that the books are being shipped from the Baker warehouse

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historical criticism and Christian truth are not–and cannot be–enemies

Posted by PeteEnns on July 17, 2015 in Inspiration and Incarnation nature of the Bible 37 Comments

The quote below is from an article by German Old Testament scholar Konrad Schmid, “What Is the Difference Between Historical and Theological Exegesis?” pp. 2-3 (my paragraph formatting; available here). The article looks at an important and perennial issue in Christian theology: the always complex and often tense relationship between the historical study of scripture and scripture as the source of Christian

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4 thoughts about the Bible as a “human book”

Posted by PeteEnns on June 17, 2015 in Inspiration and Incarnation 58 Comments

Christians confess the Bible as “God’s word,” which means (among other things) that God had something to do with the production of it–though, the honest person will admit, we don’t really know nor can we adequately articulate what that “something” is, and calling it “inspiration” or “revelation” is simply assigning a milti-syllable word to that unknown process.

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one big reason why so many young people are giving up on the Bible–and their faith

Posted by PeteEnns on March 18, 2015 in Inspiration and Incarnation The Bible Tells Me So The Evolution of Adam Evangelicalism nature of the Bible 258 Comments

This one comes from the heart. I’m speaking from my experience here–no polls or surveys, though I know what I say here lines up with those I’ve seen over the years. As is well known, the trend among young people raised in conservative churches is to leave their Bible, and often their faith, behind. In my

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