The Bible Tells Me So

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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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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On not trusting the Bible (or taking seriously what the Bible’s messiness has to teach us about faith)

Posted by PeteEnns on October 19, 2015 in The Bible Tells Me So nature of the Bible 44 Comments

Here’s a common issue that comes up in classes, when I am out speaking, or when I get emails and comments on blog posts I write: Pete, you’re talking about all these historical problems, tensions, contradictions in the Bible–basically the messiness of the Bible. So how can we now trust the Bible? I mean, how can such a messed

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3 ways to see the Bible “as an adult” (but let me explain before you jump down my throat)

Posted by PeteEnns on October 7, 2015 in The Bible Tells Me So nature of the Bible 54 Comments

I know the title of this post might sound offensive, but don’t give in to that feeling. I’m probably not even talking to you. The title channels something I read by C. S. Lewis somewhere in the past (that I really don’t feel like looking up right now) and that I also heard from Jon. D. Levenson while

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what biblicism is and why it makes baby Jesus cry

Posted by PeteEnns on June 8, 2015 in The Bible Tells Me So Evangelicalism nature of the Bible 91 Comments

Here is my definition of “biblicism.” Biblicism is the tendency to appeal to individual biblical verses, or collections of (apparently) uniform verses from various parts of the Bible, to give the appearance of clear, authoritative, and final resolutions to what are in fact complex interpretive and theological issues generated by the fact that we have a complex and diverse Bible. Put

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