The Bible Tells Me So

The Bible Tells Me So

Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It

Book - 2014
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The controversial Bible scholar and author of The Evolution of Adam recounts his transformative spiritual journey in which he discovered a new, more honest way to love and appreciate God’s Word.

Trained as an evangelical Bible scholar, Peter Enns loved the Scriptures and shared his devotion, teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary. But the further he studied the Bible, the more he found himself confronted by questions that could neither be answered within the rigid framework of his religious instruction or accepted among the conservative evangelical community.

Rejecting the increasingly complicated intellectual games used by conservative Christians to “protect” the Bible, Enns was conflicted. Is this what God really requires? How could God’s plan for divine inspiration mean ignoring what is really written in the Bible? These questions eventually cost Enns his job—but they also opened a new spiritual path for him to follow.

The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns’s spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God’s Word as it is actually written. As he explores questions progressive evangelical readers of Scripture commonly face yet fear voicing, Enns reveals that they are the very questions that God wants us to consider—the essence of our spiritual study.

Publisher: San Francisco :, HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062272027
Characteristics: xiii, 267 pages ; 24 cm


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Pammu Aug 08, 2015

If you're looking for a book about the Bible that has definite answers, this one isn't for you but you should read it anyway. Peter Enns illuminates the Bible with questions that no one thought to ask simply because so many have taken the Bible for granted.

The book seems to end openly, with no objective conclusion which is okay. His subject matter is heavy, and his analysis, though not unheard of, needed to be said. The only thing he says clearly is that if the Bible shouldn't be read as a rule book or else we lost its essence as the "living word" of God.

It may need less commentary and more digging in, but Peter Enns only scratched the surface and invites us to a new way of living the Bible.

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