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Pete Enns
Author of THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (HarperOne; Sept 2014).

Entries by Pete Enns

3 Reasons Why Apostle Paul Is the Crazy Uncle No One Wants to Talk About (and 2 Reasons Why We Need to Get Over That)

(22) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 7:47 PM

The Apostle Paul wrote much of the New Testament and charted a course that Christians have been following (and fighting about) ever since. For many Christians--especially for conservative evangelicals--Paul's writings form the core teachings of their churches, from settling church squabbles to the centrality of the death and resurrection of...

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3 Ways Jesus Read the Bible That Evangelicals Are Told Not to Do

(896) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:17 AM

For Evangelicals--and I'm among them--Jesus and the Bible are high on the priority list. Not just evangelicals but all Christians believe Jesus is the Savior, and that the Bible tells us about him.

But watching how these two priorities come together--watching how Jesus read his Bible (the Christian Old...

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Free the Bible!

(9) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Evangelicals love their Bibles. We have defended it for many decades against critics who sought to strip these holy texts of God, miracles, and of any reason for why we might see it as God's word at all. Evangelicals rightly recognize that the Bible is a revolutionary work worth fighting...

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The Bible's Violent God Isn't

(26) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:53 PM

When the two planes were flown into the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001, the Christian right was quick with a sound bite: "See! SEE!! This is what those warmongering Islamic Jihadists with their violent god are all about! America, with its nice Christian God, is so much...

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10 Signs You Take The Bible Too Literally

(372) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Here are 10 signs that you take the Bible too literally:

1. You laugh when you read about dinosaur fossils, because you know they are really God's little inside joke to confuse atheists.

"And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind." ... And it...

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Once More, With Feeling: Adam, Evolution and Evangelicals

(285) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 6:44 AM

Evangelicals have been butting heads with evolution for 150 years. A lot is at stake.

If evolution is right about how humans came to be, then the biblical story of Adam and Eve isn't. If you believe, as evangelicals do, that God himself is responsible for what's in the Bible,...

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Atheists Are Believers, Too

(754) Comments | Posted August 15, 2010 | 9:32 AM

Christians sometimes claim to be certain about spiritual matters. This can be everyday things like, "I know this new job is right where God wants me," or more important issues like, "I know the Bible is the word of God," or, "I know Jesus is the Son of God."


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Evolution and Religion: Why Religion Pollsters Should Go to Seminary First

(63) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 11:16 PM

Recently, Jerry Coyne posted his comments on the results of a telephone poll commissioned by the Center for Public Policy of Virginia Commonwealth University and published in May of this year. The study polled 1001 American adults on matters of science, and one line of questioning pertained to...

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Does God Talk to Us Through Fiction? Unpacking a Non-Literal Interpretation of the Bible

(703) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 11:01 AM

Talking about science and faith is a good way to start a fight with many conservative Christians.

The topic in general doesn't raise hackles. Conservative Christians have pretty much learned their lesson from Galileo: you can't count on the Bible to answer scientific questions. But for conservative Christians today,...

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