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The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It [Kindle Edition]

Peter Enns
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The controversial Bible scholar and author of The Evolution of Adam recounts his transformative spiritual journey in which he discovered a new, more honest way to love and appreciate God’s Word.

Trained as an evangelical Bible scholar, Peter Enns loved the Scriptures and shared his devotion, teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary. But the further he studied the Bible, the more he found himself confronted by questions that could neither be answered within the rigid framework of his religious instruction or accepted among the conservative evangelical community.

Rejecting the increasingly complicated intellectual games used by conservative Christians to “protect” the Bible, Enns was conflicted. Is this what God really requires? How could God’s plan for divine inspiration mean ignoring what is really written in the Bible? These questions eventually cost Enns his job—but they also opened a new spiritual path for him to follow.

The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns’s spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God’s Word as it is actually written. As he explores questions progressive evangelical readers of Scripture commonly face yet fear voicing, Enns reveals that they are the very questions that God wants us to consider—the essence of our spiritual study.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062272020
  • Publisher: HarperOne (9 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.8 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a real breath of fresh air, written in a very accessible and amusing style it asks the difficult questions of how many have viewed interpreting the bible and how that has, at times, led the church into some cul-de-sacs. I would say though read this without fear. I have found that as I wrestle with the issues that Peter talks about my faith has grown. Even if you don't agree with everything he suggests, facing the tough questions headlong cannot be a bad thing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 22 Nov 2014
I am sorry but after the first few pages, and after skimming some later pages, I could not continue with this book. Its jokey, informal, casual style for me intensely irritating, not helpful in clarifying the author's approach to the Scriptures, and I think confusing to anyone coming to this book about the Bible with little or no previous study of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple, entertaining, profound 26 Nov 2014
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A fantastic book that raises difficult questions, and isn't afraid to play football with the answers. Wise, accessible and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Sep 2014
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Incredibly fresh approach and very engaging.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rescuing the Bible from its friends 15 Nov 2014
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Peter Enns has written a popular-level book, in a lively, informal style and with plenty of humour. It is, of course, part of the psychology of humour that we find it funny when it comes from people whom we like, respect, or agree with. Therefore, fans of this book will love the humour; critics will not. I found it mildy amusing.

Enns faults conservative Christians for trying to 'defend' the Bible as historically accurate, ethically sound, and theologically consistent. But, he says, we should forget about 'defending' the Bible in these sorts of ways and read it on its own terms. Then, we might actually start to understand it properly.

For what we have in the Bible, says Enns, is not textbook of history, morals, or theology, but rather a story about how ancient people encountered God. Seen in this way, the Bible is not a 'how-to' manual, but rather a model for our own spiritual journey.

A healthy challenge

I see Enns, in this book, as travelling along the now well-trodden path marked out by other post-evangelicals, such as Dave Tomlinson, Steve Chalke, Brian MacLaren, and Rob Bell. And this is not to damn Enns by association: MacLaren and Bell have both written blurbs for Enns' book. In fact, the book may well rival Steve Chalke's (and Alan Mann's) The Lost Message of Jesus and Rob Bell's Love Wins for notoriety. In a way, it deserves to be taken more seriously than those two books because this one, although popularly-written, it is by a real scholar.

Enns' work constitutes a real and serious challenge to an evangelical view of the Bible (and therefore, given the importance of the Bible to evangelicals, to evangelical faith itself).
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