The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It

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.

Title:The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It
ISBN:9780062272027
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  • David Holford

    You think with my five stars, I'd be saying that everyone should read this book. I don't think everyone can handle this book. (And yes, I feel a bit like Jack Nicholson in that best known scene from "...

  • Jonathan

    Having grown up in churches that view the inerrancy of Scripture as a fundamental doctrine, I always found some of its content a little difficult to stomach. I studied apologetics, which should have h...

  • Rod Horncastle

    Can you imagine Peter Enns trying to apply his failed liberal thinking to correct a Muslim or Mormon or J.W. or any Christian cult? Hell no. Everyone can enjoy their own mythical stories interpretatio...

  • Lee Harmon

    Fantastic book! If you’ve ever wondered how to read the Bible like Jesus, here’s your answer in a fun, easy-to-read publication. Peter Enns takes you on a walk through the Bible, pointing out how ...

  • Nathan Marone

    The Bible Tells Me So was a frustrating read for me. Its central premise is so promising and necessary that I couldn't be more disappointed in how that premise gets treated here. Instead of writing a ...

  • Ali M.

    Biblical literalism is a fairly recent phenomenon. It's not how scholars historically understood the Bible. Peter Enns explains this in a way the average Joe can understand. Yay, Peter Enns!Karen Arms...

  • Susan

    I picked up this book looking for a challenging perspective on Bible interpretation. I enjoy reading viewpoints that differ from my own, especially when they bring up inconsistencies or difficulties t...

  • Brian

    I read this and Encounters with Jesus back to back and it was like throwing a car going 90 miles an hour of a cliff suddenly into reverse. I think the transmission dropped out of my brain.With Timothy...

  • Jon

    My friend Adam told me recently that he believes our minds are like fields and the books we read are like the crops that a farmer cultivates and later harvests. A good farmer knows that you shouldn't ...

  • David

    Growing up as a Christian, there are a variety of subjects from the Bible that lead any thinking person to ask questions eventually. How does the creation story relate to modern science? How could the...