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How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers ‒ and Why That's Great News

How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers ‒ and Why That's Great News

Scritto da Peter Enns

Narrato da Peter Enns


How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers ‒ and Why That's Great News

Scritto da Peter Enns

Narrato da Peter Enns

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4.5/5 (56 valutazioni)
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7 ore
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Pubblicato:
Feb 19, 2019
ISBN:
9780062894816
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Audiolibro

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Controversial evangelical Bible scholar, popular blogger, podcast host of The Bible for Normal People, and author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty explains that the Bible is not an instruction manual or rule book but a powerful learning tool that nurtures our spiritual growth by refusing to provide us with easy answers but instead forces us to acquire wisdom.

For many Christians, the Bible is a how-to manual filled with literal truths about belief that must be strictly followed. But the Bible is not static, Peter Enns argues. It does not hold easy answers to the perplexing questions and issues that confront us in our daily lives. Rather, the Bible is a dynamic instrument for study that not only offers an abundance of insights but provokes us to find our own answers to spiritual questions, cultivating God’s wisdom within us.

“The Bible becomes a confusing mess when we expect it to function as a rule book for faith. But when we allow the Bible to determine our expectations, we see that Wisdom, not answers, is the Bible’s true subject matter,” writes Enns. This distinction, he points out, is important because when we come to the Bible expecting it to be a textbook intended by God to give us unwavering certainty about our faith, we are actually creating problems for ourselves. The Bible, in other words, really isn’t the problem; having the wrong expectation is what interferes with our reading.

Rather than considering the Bible as an ancient book weighed down with problems, flaws, and contradictions that must be defended by modern listeners, Enns offers a vision of the holy scriptures as an inspired and empowering resource to help us better understand how to live as a person of faith today.

How the Bible Actually Works makes clear that there is no one right way to read or listen to the Bible. Moving us beyond the damaging idea that “being right” is the most important measure of faith, Enns’ freeing approach to Bible study helps us to instead focus on pursuing enlightenment and building our relationship with God — which is exactly what the Bible was designed to do.

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Pubblicato:
Feb 19, 2019
ISBN:
9780062894816
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

Peter Enns is the Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Enns speaks at schools, churches, and seminars across the country and is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias. He is the author of several books, including The Sin of Certainty, The Bible Tells Me So, Inspiration and Incarnation, and The Evolution of Adam.


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  • (5/5)
    What Made this book so great? Well rarely can you find a book about the bible that is not disconnected from life and living and that is merely ideology. And on the other hand you get the Bart Ehrman camp with a slightly cynical scholarly approach. The humour and the fantastic narration adds. It adds a lot, tons in fact.
    Dealing with the contradictions
    Of the bible in an honest, intelligent on dismissive overly cynical way is rare. Wisdom... and reimagining God. It is a dialogue and perhaps many of us That do like to read the Bible have not really thought it through what the Bible actually is. How is it inspired? What does that mean? Are all the things written everlasting rules for all future generations? I feel as though I became a ton les stupidness simplistic and I will make sure to read all the other books by the author.
  • (5/5)
    The book is engaging and honest. The book’s theme that the Bible is a book of wisdom rather than a manual or checklist raises the bar on how one comes to reading the texts. The book will make you think. I highly recommend Enn’s it!
  • (5/5)
    Enns has done it again. I appreciate his dedication to scholarly integrity and evolution of religious thought while also injecting his considerable sharp wit to make the material understandable and fun.
  • (1/5)

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    I enjoyed chapters 1 and 2, but everything after that he blatantly ignores logic and facts to fit his narrative.

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