Average rating:

5
out of 1105 ratings.

SO needed and SOOOO Good!

by JordanCA2ME on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pete & Jared are friggin’ awesome! Seriously though, not only do they have great guests but their own opinions, thoughts, and personal stories in addition to the guests are phenomenal. Pete is REALLY smart and a fine scholar, but SUPER humble and self-deprecating which is so refreshing and needed in our modern theological landscape.

Give it a chance my conservative peers!

by EricLattimer on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am a college student at a more conservative Christian school and I greatly appreciate the work Pete and Jared do. I was put on to it by my New Testament professor. Though I don’t agree with everything I’ve heard, I have been forced to really work out my beliefs and this podcast has led to me changing some of my beliefs. I am thankful for the Bible for Normal People!

A Godsend

by holykhakis on
Rating: ★★★★★

I came across Pete Enns’ books ‘The Bible Tells Me So’ and ‘The Evolution of Adam’ after years in a theological desert. I’ve always had questions and his books were the first I’d seen that addressed many of these issues through a lens of faith without sugarcoating the cognitive dissonance I’ve had from many years of uneducated misinformation. The Bible for Normal People is a continuation of this approach and I’ve burned through the first 51 episodes in the past 6 weeks. Pete and Jared are very knowledgeable academics who have a variety of guests who are generally centered in a specific area of interest. I found this at a perfect time and after years of being parked in neutral, I’m finally moving forward in faith. And Richard Rohr? My mind was totally blown. Thanks guys.

Fantastic and Trustworthy

by drewebster on
Rating: ★★★★★

In a world of uncertainty as to who is a trustworthy voice to listen to about the journeys of faith, these two gentlemen are rocksolid. Solid content, solid communicators, solid perspectives. I listen to podcasts nearly all day long and this podcast is very top podcast for me.

A very needed voice

by 4439510 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pete and Jared are awesome. Their humor and wit make seemingly dull subjects interesting. I love their insight and perspective and have learned much.

What is the Bible? What do we do with it?

by beatforce on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

These fellas are often thought provoking, but sometimes I feel like I’m constantly rolling my eyes while listening because they are soooo one-sided on MANY topics.I mostly listen to Bible podcasts like Naked Bible and OnScript. Bible for Normal People is definitely the ‘liberal’ one of this bunch. You guys need some more voices in this conversation! The Craig Allert episode was great!

Great Discussion and Perspectives

by StewartDoka on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you for making this podcast. It has been very instrumental in helping me construct my beliefs in a healthy, more Christ-like way. There is freedom in reconciling with truth. It may not be comfortable or optimistic always, but it is worthwhile. Thank you for all these conversations. I’m especially thankful for the voices of Propaganda and Xavier Pickett.

Great podcast!

by KennethW-S on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pete & Jared show us different ways to unpack the different books of scripture without taking a position or telling us what to think. They invite everyone to a deeper, richer relationship with truth & wisdom. Thanks!

I’m okay!

by MalloryPickering on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thanks, y’all, for making it okay to say what I actually think and believe about the Bible. It’s such a huge relief to hear people say the things I’m too afraid to say out loud.

Thank you

by jrbarker68 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have only recently come to Christ. It happened outside CHURCH, but inside scripture. Alone with my thoughts, prayers, and the Spirit, I got over. ...But I am thirsty for understanding. Your podcast is water with a capital W. Thank you.

Glad I found it

by Juliánna on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am tickled pink that I came upon this podcast. Funny, thought-provoking, informative.

Breath of Fresh Air

by WesinROC on
Rating: ★★★★★

Really gaining life from some of these episodes. So appreciate you taking the faith serious enough to ask hard questions of the Bible and propose answers to those questions that maintain a high view of scripture without need to check brains or curiosity at the door.

The Bible for people who don’t really want to follow the Bible

by Jethroblank on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I appreciate the discussions this podcast brings and it challenges me to reevaluate my positions. It is still going to be something I listen to, but not something I can recommend to many people. It bothers me how often the conversation circles to a point about the Bible not meaning what it says or not being inspired or not being a holy text. The idea that God doesn’t really expect people to strive to live up to his expectations seems circuitous when considering learning about the Bible.

Great discussions on the Bible

by Funny & intelligent on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pete and Jared do an amazing job bringing fresh perspectives on the Bible through guests and their own perspectives. I have learned a ton and have grown in my faith because of it. I recently have deconstructed my faith and am in the process of rebuilding it in a healthy way. Really appreciate all the time, effort, and energy put into this podcast.

Thanks

by kdmmsw on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this podcast! Thoughtful, intelligent dialogue about faith and faith transition. All discussions are done with respect and without harm to others. It’s like what Jesus would want us to do!

So relatable to me...

by erlycon78 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have struggled for years to reconcile Christianity and the fact that I am a honosexual. I stayed away from studying the Bible because I felt that it condemned me for who I was but yet I felt compelled not to give up my faith that God created us and that Jesus is our example of how to live and treat others. I feel ike the way some people interepret the Bible just doesn't work the same for me but who I was I to suggest otherwise becuase a) I'm not a Bible scholar and b) I'm just "letting the devil in". I've learned through listenting to some of these podcasts what I think I've always unconciously been aware of: Thinking critically about the Bible doesn't equate rejecting God. I feel that I'm more interested in the Bible than I ever have been - that it's deeper than an instruction manual to be followed to the letter to ensure salvation.

A much needed podcast

by cjinbrooklyn on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love the balance of this podcast. I’m not an academic or even a Protestant, but I love hearing about the the important issue surrounding what the Bible is for us and for those historically. A real easy listen that keeps my interest time and again.

Outside the box.

by MikeA58 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I have read one of Pete Enns’ books and have listened to many of the podcasts. Most are quite thought provoking, however many seem to do exactly what they are so opposed to, which is putting people in a box. Most podcasts speak of the closed mindedness of certain mindsets and make the assumption that all people like that must be in the same camp. Thus assumed “allness” or “all those guys think alike.” If you voted for a certain person you must think exactly like them and their camp. Just like difficult theological issues it’s tough to put everyone into one box or another. It reminds me of a meeting I attended once and the discussion was on whether we were prejudiced or not. The speaker gave this example, if you ever had a Ford with problems and came to the conclusion that all Fords must be bad, to which someone shouted out in the audience “It’s the truth brother.” While this was a humorous example it brought home what prejudiced was about. One bad apple doesn’t mean that they are all bad or they all think alike. You guys are scholars do a better job with your scholarship, many of your guests are too quick to throw opposing views into the sameness box.

Sound much like what they speak against

by Cwstaff on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I have listened to a number of their episodes, and though entertaining (and at times insightful) they have a tendency to rail against the “smugness” or the “closed minded” viewpoints of evangelical Christians all while coming across very smug and more enlightened than everyone else. It’s a very consistent pot calling the kettle black. All those who still think like they used to are missing out and read the Bible wrongly. It’s just fundamentalism from a more liberal/progressive viewpoint.

Love this podcast

by shamghaimom on
Rating: ★★★★★

On many fronts, this podcast has answered my hearts cry during a season of questioning and doubt. I come away enriched, wanting more, and experiencing Gods presence more deeply - because it turns out he’s as good as he’s supposed to be! Pete and Jared are fantastic — so smart, so thoughtful, so funny. I also appreciate everyone you’ve interviewed on the podcast. The only downside is too many additional books I now think I must read. Oh well!

Amazing.

by amanderson_ on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am so grateful for this podcast. So many intelligent discussions with such a great heart behind them. I commend their willingness to go deep and enter into the hard questions. A lot of what has been shared has blown my mind and comforted my heart knowing I’m not the only one who’s asked about these things. The scholarship is impressive. Thank you all so much!

I recommend!

by C5187 on
Rating: ★★★★★

As a Christian who’s always exploring and asking questions, I really appreciate this podcast :)

I’m addicted

by zeckle3 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’m always excited to find a new episode uploaded. Wonderful mix of scholarly work with practical applications.

Satisfies my biblical geekiness

by SquareBearAir on
Rating: ★★★★★

Paired with the RobCast and the Liturgists, this podcast helps me balance out the teachings at my conservative seminary! Pete and Jared are great teachers, and help me understand the history and hermeneutics of biblical texts in a way that supports my intellectual growth. I love their guests, and really appreciate their work! When I finally have a steady income, I’ll definitely join their patrons on Patreon.

Great stuff!

by J.D. Combs on
Rating: ★★★★★

Loving this podcast! If you really enjoy a good exegetical approach to Scripture then this is the podcast for you.

Thanks

by KMills271 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Can’t get enough of you guys! Love your work on the OT.

A gem, a treasure

by Newishcooker on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pete & Jared’s podcast has been such a transformative, even a revolutionary, force in my life over the past year or so. I wish I could tell y’all all about it. . . do give it a listen.

Content is OUTSTANDING. Don't miss it!

by Keith from Grand Rapids on
Rating: ★★★★☆

This podcast (especially the first 8 episodes of it) is a "must" for anybody wrestling with the Bible and theology. The CONTENT is outstanding. Hearing from Christian celebrities is interesting, but I especially enjoy hearing from the academics - those I have really limited access to, because I can't afford their limited-printing tomes.I have three criticisms, for which I'm deducting one star (total).First: I think it's a sin to do "reruns" on a podcast. If we want to hear the same episode a second time, it's still there... no need to post it a second time. Especially if it isn't re-cut/re-edited/remastered/etc.Second: Y'all need to take advantage of UPS and ship a good microphone (and also perhaps vocal processing) to the people you're gonna interview long-distance. There's been some really brutal audio quality on this podcast from time to time - and that's a bummer.Third: there's something "hollow" about the episodes where just Pete or Jared are doing solo monologues. I don't object to that format (in fact, unlike most folks, I actually prefer it!) but I think you need to refine the script, or add some ambient music, or maybe stand up and speak like you're "preaching" (more vocal inflection), or add a hint of reverb - SOMETHING - so that it doesn't just sound like impromptu musings captured on a microcassette recorder in a broom closet.

Love

by CerebralClime on
Rating: ★★★★★

Probably my favorite podcast about the Bible! So thoughtful and clearly well informed.

YES!

by Nickolai96 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Listening to this podcast expands my view of the Bible. I've been hurt by the Bible due to the hands it's been in and it is preparing me to go back into the Bible.

Now I get the Bible. A good thing.

by jkb211 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Understanding is critical to my faith. This podcast answers multiple questions.

Saved my sanity

by At home in the void on
Rating: ★★★★★

Once I started asking critical questions, the whole structure of my faith fell apart. Thanks, Pete and Jared, for producing this podcast. I appreciate the open discussions that maintain an attitude of respect for the Bible.

Challenging stuff!

by Joe Darago on
Rating: ★★★★★

Digging the challenging perspectives, the variety of perspectives, and the humor. Thanks for taking this stuff seriously, but not taking yourselves too serious. I really appreciate the podcast.

Essential

by KansasAppsr on
Rating: ★★★★★

Such a refreshing take on the difficulty of The Bible. The interviews are a great window into a scholarly world that most of us otherwise would no access too.

Thank You Jared for Episode 59

by bejohnston on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great insight and helpful tools for pastoral ministry. This comes at a great time for me. Thank you for convicting me to check my motive and my heart in conversations, discussions, and differences. Good stuff truth, connection, understanding, listening, and questions.

Thanks for what you do.

by son of Todd on
Rating: ★★★★★

Serious scholarship that doesn’t take itself too serious.

Just when the Bible started to fall apart...

by JoelBeebe on
Rating: ★★★★★

The Bible for Normal People saves it for me. The Bible is a mess as presented to those of use raised in conservative traditions, but this podcast helps me make sense of the seemingly (or actually) contradictory aspects of the Bible.

Amazing!

by AdamD32765 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Totally blew my mind. Saving my faith and my view of the Bible.

The Soundtrack of My Deconstruction

by OrganicJay on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’m so grateful for this podcast. When I started rethinking my theology, I didn’t have many resources for rebuilding my faith. This podcast provides regular opportunities for me to hear from others who have been down this road and come through with a new (albeit very different) faith. Thank you so much to Pete and Jared for the wonderful gift that is this podcast.

Great Discussion on Complicated Topics

by PG Listens on
Rating: ★★★★★

Highly reccommend for all Christians or anyone who currently holds the Bible in high regard or used to at one point in their life. They tackle issues with respect, grace, and humility and have helped me immensley.

The only God-ordained review on iTunes

by stuartbraune on
Rating: ★★★★★

Rich content in these podcasts for Christians (and others) that are finding their past religious education is not working spiritually for them anymore.

Fascinating!

by ScoshPDX on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am always giddy when I see a new episode of this Podcast drop into my phone. Pete and Jared provide such incredible insight into areas of the Scriptures and subject matter that were just never discussed in the Pentecostal church that I grew up in. I am so hungry to continue learning from these fine gents, so keep up the great work!

A breath of fresh air!

by AtheistAtLast on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pete and Jared are wonderful! They don’t take themselves too seriously but obviously have a lot to share on the subjects being discussed. They’ve introduced me to other writers and thinkers who are also helpful guides in reconstructing ones faith.

Excellent Context and Communication

by Eli.M.C on
Rating: ★★★★★

Engaging, clear, and thoughtful, the Bible for Normal People is a fantastic conversation.

great

by erincrewsie on
Rating: ★★★★★

i can’t stop listening, amazing!

An honest and non-dogmatic exploration of the Bible

by camlynn7 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pete and Jared do a great job of engaging with a wide range of Biblical views and questions. They demonstrate how to interrogate the Bible whole still holding it in the highest regard.

The sort of thing I spent a decade looking for

by DaveC412 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve longed for an accessible look at the Bible that engages with modern scholarship and its implications for almost 10 years and am so glad I found B4NP!! My favorite part is all the great scholars I’ve been introduced to who I’ve never heard of before. Jewish scholars, womanist thinkers, an archaeologist, each one enriching and mind expanding. This podcast really has changed my life for the better

Rethinking, for the better!

by Trail lust on
Rating: ★★★★★

Keep it up, very informative and inspiring to ask questions that we feel,but never say out loud!

Political

by onlycanleavereviewifugive5star on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Was interesting until political views became part of the conversation

Satisfying

by SarcasticMenno on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is refreshing for someone living in a place where the Bible has one genre, which is interpret how I interpret it, or hell bound. This podcast brings me a lot of joy and hope. Thanks !!