March 10, 2015

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 (crazy things like: non-scientists have to take the scientific consensus seriously and the Adam story isn’t history but theology that participates in the ubiquitous ancient genre of myth),... Read more

March 4, 2015

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, because that’s the only explanation I can find for why you say what you do on page….” I’ve also gotten far more very nice and supportive... Read more

March 3, 2015

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 explaining the rationale for this edition, and most of all, a 6500 word reflective postscript that addresses various matters concerning the book’s reception, my thoughts on some... Read more

February 27, 2015

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 what fear masked as supreme confidence with a liberal helping of emotional manipulation looks like in print. Methinks thou doth protest too much. Missing is the... Read more

February 23, 2015

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 more likely one might be to think this way. (And I know in my student days in seminary I felt I was drawn this “chosen few” mentality.) Most,... Read more

February 20, 2015

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 is the need to stem the tide of “attacks” on the Bible in modern culture, which have led directly to moral decline and young people leaving... Read more

February 17, 2015

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, The Source of the Problem, The Attack on the Bible, and the Approach taken in the film. I’ve inserted some comments in red at points that I think... Read more

February 16, 2015

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 rehash and repackage arguments for the historical accuracy of the exodus story in the Bible. Fine. Whatever. I was more concerned, though, that the film would... Read more

February 14, 2015

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 a great excuse to listen to some podcasts. Anyhoo, I noticed right away that their big sign out front and plastered all over the inside... Read more

February 13, 2015

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 Saint Davids, PA. Her Ph.D. is in theology and ethics from Duke University, and she also earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from... Read more

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