“aha” moments (19): Jared Byas

Today’s post is part of our continuing yet intermittent “aha” moment series, this from Jared Byas. Byas (BA in Philosophy from Liberty University and an MAR from Westminster Theological Seminary) was in pastoral ministry from 2004 until 2011. He then left to teach Philosophy & Ethics at Grand Canyon University and co-launch MyOhai, a collective of creatives and [Read More...]

do inerrantist biblical scholars employ “protective strategies” and “privilege insider claims”? — a new article you’ll want to read.

Stephen L. Young (ABD doctoral student, Brown University, Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean), recently published and article (the first of two) “exposing” inerrantist biblical scholarship: “Protective Strategies and the Prestige of the ‘Academic’: A Religious Studies and Practice Theory Redescription of Evangelical Inerrantist Scholarship.” (the entire article can be accessed here.) “Exposing” is my word, since [Read More...]

ebook of The Evolution of Adam for $2.99 and the release of the audio version of The Bible Tells Me So

I apologize for so much head-jerking excitement and knowledge coming your way in one day. First, beginning sometime today March 10 through March 13, Brazos Press will be running an ebook special (of $2.99) for The Evolution of Adam. So if haven’t read it but you’ve been wondering exactly what manner of heresy I stumble into regarding evolution [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...]

Here’s something new: Genesis is in “crisis” and if you don’t see that you’re “syncretistic”

Another “crisis” article on Christianity and evolution, this by the ever balanced and ever ready to learn from and build bridges toward fellow believers, Grace to You ministries. The article is its own refutation. When N. T. Wright, Tim Keller, and Bruce Waltke are your Stygian Triplets, you know you’ve passed into some parallel universe. This is [Read More...]

preeeetty sure my version of Christianity is right and yours is wrong

Here is an cartoon that came my way yesterday. I’m sure many of you have seen it (you may have to click on it to see it well). It’s funny ’cause it’s true. I’ve known a fair number of Christians who think this way about their own denomination, no matter how small–in fact, the smaller the denomination, the [Read More...]

reviewing two reviews of “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” (3)

The recently released documentary “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” attempts to redirect the modern scholarly discussion of the historicity of the exodus by revealing evidence that mainstream scholars “don’t want the world to see–because it could cause them to shift their long-held positions.” The stated justification for the film, however, is not so much scholarly as it [Read More...]

“Patterns of Evidence” and patterns of culture-war rhetoric: (2)

Today’s post is the second of three on the recently released documentary “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.” As I said in my first post, the concern I have is with the culture-war rhetoric the documentary seems to promote concerning the historical reliability of the exodus story. Below is the rationale for making this documentary taken from the film’s website. Stated are: The Problem, [Read More...]

First of all, there is no conspiracy. A review of “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” (1)

I’ve been asked a few times in recent weeks if I would comment on the recently released documentary Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.   I wasn’t able to see the film, since it has not been widely released, but I perused the film’s website, watched trailers, and read reactions. It struck me rather quickly that the film would likely [Read More...]

PSA: Planet Fitness? Planet Stress is more like it

I joined Planet Fitness a few weeks ago in order to–if I may channel Woody Allen–gain immortality “by not dying” rather than through my “art,” which is writing books about God and the Bible that will only be appreciated long after I’m gone. So far so good (on both fronts), and the time also gives me [Read More...]

frank talk for Christians about sex, love, marriage, and all the rest (happy Valentine’s Day)

Today’s post–just in time for the grand Hallmark holiday of them all–is a commentary concerning young Christians and the need to speak about sex, sexuality, love, and marriage in ways that move beyond “fear, ignorance, and moralism,” as our guest blogger Dr. Margaret Kim Peterson puts it. Peterson is Associate Professor of Theology at Eastern University in [Read More...]


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