new podcast interview at Back to Red featuring me talking about me and what I think (and go Yankees)

new podcast interview at Back to Red featuring me talking about me and what I think (and go Yankees) February 4, 2015

TBTMSOn Monday I had the the good pleasure and fun of being interviewed by the fine people at Back to Red, a new podcast hosted by Tim Ivey and Eric Nobrega (Nobe).

We talked for an hour or so about The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It–both about the book itself and pushing some important issues a bit further.

Tim asked some great questions. Nobe, however, thought it would be appropriate to wear a Red Sox hat–I have to assume on purpose–and I had a hard time moving past my tribalism and listening to anything he said. Thankfully, we had trouble with the video feed and had to cut to audio only, thus sparing all of us the unbearable cognitive dissonance of a Red Sox fan being insightful.

Regardless, I had a wonderful time connecting via Skype with two kindred spirits inbacktored_logo1 Wisconsin sitting across from each other at a dining room table over a couple of beers. I’m pretty sure that’s how theological discussions are supposed to happen, even if virtually.

Hope you like the conversation.


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  • Kim Fabricius

    I presume, Pete, that being a Yankees fan has something to do with growing up in River Vale, New Jersey (the home, too, of sportswriter Ian O’Connor, author of The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter), so I guess, charitably, that you have a geographical excuse for your iniquity. However, I see that River Vale is also the home of Garrett Zablocki, lead guitarist in the band “Senses Fail”, and what with you being a pretty bright guy, all I can finally say is they sure do.

    • peteenns

      Kim, thanks for stalking me and my hometown. I’m not at all freaked out.

      • Kim Fabricius

        Hey, don’t blame me, blame Wikipedia for blowing your cover. I do my research! 😉

    • Actually, scholars maintain that the original occupants of River Vale worshipped a pagan prosperity god called “Yang-Keys”, while the later nomadic settlers were henobaseballists, holding in tension their fear of the great god MTS (great gods generally do not have vowels in their name, and often use all caps for emphasis) with the apparent success of the local deity . During the later conquest, both people groups were introduced to a new deity, Reds Ox, at which point the priestly class redacted the original henobaseballist literature to reflect the idea that MTS is the one true deity, an idea which remains orthodox to this day. Followers of Yang-Keys or Reds Ox will burn in fire unquenchable.

      • peteenns

        See, this is what fancy-pants “scholars” with their ivory tower diplomas and tweed jackets do when they want to distort history to impress their colleagues.

      • Kim Fabricius

        that MTS is the one true deity, an idea which remains orthodox to this day.

        Ah, I see the good Dr. F (any relation to Dr. K?) is a true believer!

  • Norm

    Either in the podcast or in the book you note that there is no record in Egyptian historic records of a massive people group leaving at one time. Further, you note there is almost no indication that the land of Canaan was the subject of a violent conquest. So far so good? I’m not sure what to do with the books of Exodus and Joshua now. Any suggestions?