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How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient,… (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Peter Enns (Författare)

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Controversial evangelical Bible scholar, popular blogger and 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 rulebook 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 readers, 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 the Bible. Moving us beyond the damaging idea that "being right" is the most important measure of faith, Enns's 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.… (mer)
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Titel: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
Författare:Peter Enns (Författare)
Info:HarperOne (2019), 304 pages
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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 av Peter Enns (2019)

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For most of my life, I have had an uncomfortable, conflicted relationship with the Bible. I love it and am constantly frustrated by it. Taught by "people of the book," from birth I was given all sorts of preconceived notions for what the Bible ought to be. This meant that as I've studied it more, I continually am having to deal with unmet expectations, which has felt like repeated faith crises.

Reading Enns' How the Bible Actually Works was a breath of fresh air, and truth be told, I had a hard time putting it down. He starts by sharing the questions he has heard on repeat from his students, namely: "What is the Bible, exactly? Who cares? What do I do with it?" And especially: "How does this ancient, distant, and odd book work for people who look to it today for spiritual guidance?" In his previous book - The Bible Tells me so - he argues that it's a mistake to see the Bible as an instruction manual, or a rulebook. In short, the "problems" of scripture that have to be explained are due to the baggage we bring to the text, expectations the Bible wasn't meant to meet.

His main point, the focus and oft-jokingly-repeated thesis is this: rather than seeing scripture as an instruction manual, or information to be downloaded, "the Bible holds out for us an invitation to join an ancient, well-traveled, and sacred quest to know God, the world we live in, and our place in it." The quest, in a single word, is wisdom. And he makes that point again and again and again looking at all the different parts of scripture to repeat it. As a friend put it, (and this phrase has stuck with me), his conclusion and thesis is "painfully obvious" and I so wish it had been drilled into my head as a youngster instead of all the religious baggage I carried for years. On all accounts, God is not a helicopter parent. As Rohr puts it, God is the "great-allower."

Of note, the book isn't written for conservative Christians. It's written for frustrated Christians - those "who have seen that the Bible doesn't meet the expectations they have been taught to cling to." It's for the barely Christian - hanging on to a thread of faith. And it may be for the formerly Christian - "who have had the courage to leave their faith behind when it ceased having any explanatory power for their reality because of what they were taught the Bible had to be."

If any of those identifiers resonate with you, I can't think of a better book for understanding the Bible. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
The author’s approach of using examples from the Old Testament to demonstrate how Judaism evolved over time makes a lot of sense. Well done! ( )
  heatherdw20 | Jul 23, 2020 |
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Controversial evangelical Bible scholar, popular blogger and 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 rulebook 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 readers, 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 the Bible. Moving us beyond the damaging idea that "being right" is the most important measure of faith, Enns's 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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