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This week Pete and Jared talk with speaker, author, and theologian Diana Butler Bass about her love for the Bible that has led her beyond code words and conventions to something deeper and more spiritually sustaining.
On this episode of the Bible For Normal People, Pete and Jared talk with theologian Megan DeFranza (actually, Megan educates Pete and Jared) on a topic that affects deeply the lives of many, but that few Christians even know is a topic. And Megan might surprise you about what the Bible and church history have to say about it.
This week, Jared takes on his first solo episode. Since he’s a plebeian and doesn’t have his own Wikipedia page (unlike Pete), he begins with a little autobiography and the recurring theme of taking the Bible seriously but not literally. And encourages us, no matter how we read the Bible, to stop using “literally” all together.
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Today our guest is Denis Lamoureux and our topic is one that never seems to stay away for very long, evolution and Christian faith. Lamoureux holds three earned doctoral degrees (dentistry, theology, and biology) and is associate professor of science and religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. His books include Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution, I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution, and most recently Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes.
The latest episode of B4NP features Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. Our topic is the practical value of the Old Testament (and no, smarty pants, it’s not a shorter episode than usual).
On this week’s episode, Pete and Jared speak with Brian Zahnd about violence in the Bible. Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church (Saint Joseph, MO), and he writes, blogs, and Tweets regularly on the problem of violence in the Bible. His next book Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God is set to be released August 2017.