The backstory:  Andrew Wilson reviewed Dr. Peter Enns’s new book.  Dr. Peter Enns responded to said review.  We talked about it (above), and we scheduled it in a hurry so we didn’t get Dr. Enns on.  Our bad.  We’d love to have him join us.  Really.  Then Andrew responded to Dr. Enns.

Confused yet?  Listen in.  It will help everything.

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  1. I look forward to listening. While I didn’t agree with everything in the Enns book, I found his argument to be largely persuasive.


  2. Alastair J Roberts November 7, 2014 at 4:55 am

    At least a couple of the links in this post are wrong: the link to Andrew’s review and the link to Andrew’s response.


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  4. That was very helpfull, friends. Kepp on doing those, it’s a great opportunit to listen into you wresteling with some questions. Anyways, I was wondering whether you are not really torpeting your own points by apparently making fun of Enns sometimes. Or of the progressive christian movement in general. Why not just pointing out the points and reasons of disagreement, without laughing at it? :) Would be lot more fun to me at least to listen to it, then. Thanks anyways :)


  5. Thank you. The book by Enns is going to become increasingly important for the congregation I serve. Basically, This is how we should read the Bible. My training is similar to that of Peter Enns although I have not done anywhere near as much in my (our) field. The one point I would make is that when you push back a little and say, Yeah but even *Jesus* seems to say these things, it is not just in the Old Testament… I know some of the voices in this congregation, and the response will almost certainly be, Ah but Jesus did not really say that at all. My concern is that even if there are some good responses to Enns (and for the record I agree with him at least partly on some points), that the state of Christianity right now is such that those responses will be dismissed rather easily. What I see is both Scripture and tradition (which I tend to value highly) being… undermined(? called into question? not sure what word to use here). They support each other, and when *both* are called increasingly into question, What is left?


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