one big reason why so many young people are giving up on the Bible–and their faith

This one comes from the heart. I’m speaking from my experience here–no polls or surveys, though I know what I say here lines up with those I’ve seen over the years. As is well known, the trend among young people raised in conservative churches is to leave their Bible, and often their faith, behind. In my [Read More...]

get to know me: my approach to interpreting the Bible, in 5 words

My prompt for this post is to clarify some of what I am doing in The Bible Tells Me So and Inspiration and Incarnation, which is to say this post addresses some questions I’ve gotten, especially since The Bible Tells Me So came out in September. Questions like: “Pete, what exactly is your problem?” or “Did you take hermeneutics with Satan, [Read More...]

10th anniversary edition of Inspiration and Incarnation coming this summer

Whatever plans you had this summer, cancel them.  Late this summer, Baker Academic will be releasing the 10th anniversary edition of Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament (1st edition still available here). In addition to the new cover, this edition, has some slight revisions for clarity (not content), an expanded bibliography, a preface [Read More...]

evangelicalism, evolution, and the facts

A recent article in the NYT talks about the collision between “beliefs and facts.” It struck a chord. The author, Brendan Nyhan, argues that simply “knowing” scientific data, for example on evolution or climate change, isn’t as important as one’s beliefs and group identity–be it political or religious. The force that determines where people eventually wind up is their ideology and the [Read More...]

me talking about the Bible and such and indirectly about Bart Ehrman (podcast interview with Randal Rauser)

Over at The Tentative Apologist, Randal Rauser posted a podcast interview with me that, frankly, I forgot I did. But then I remembered. Actually, it’s the second part of an interview we did last November at the annual Bible scholar nerd fest (Society of Biblical Literature) in Baltimore. You can listen to part 1 here, [Read More...]


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