Pete & Jared are frigginâ 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.
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 donât agree with everything Iâve 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!
I came across Pete Ennsâ books âThe Bible Tells Me Soâ and âThe Evolution of Adamâ after years in a theological desert. Iâve always had questions and his books were the first Iâd seen that addressed many of these issues through a lens of faith without sugarcoating the cognitive dissonance Iâve had from many years of uneducated misinformation. The Bible for Normal People is a continuation of this approach and Iâve 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, Iâm finally moving forward in faith. And Richard Rohr? My mind was totally blown. Thanks guys.
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.
Pete and Jared are awesome. Their humor and wit make seemingly dull subjects interesting. I love their insight and perspective and have learned much.
These fellas are often thought provoking, but sometimes I feel like Iâm 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 âliberalâ one of this bunch. You guys need some more voices in this conversation! The Craig Allert episode was great!
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. Iâm especially thankful for the voices of Propaganda and Xavier Pickett.
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!
Thanks, yâall, for making it okay to say what I actually think and believe about the Bible. Itâs such a huge relief to hear people say the things Iâm too afraid to say out loud.
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.
I am tickled pink that I came upon this podcast. Funny, thought-provoking, informative.
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.
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 doesnât really expect people to strive to live up to his expectations seems circuitous when considering learning about the Bible.
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.
I love this podcast! Thoughtful, intelligent dialogue about faith and faith transition. All discussions are done with respect and without harm to others. Itâs like what Jesus would want us to do!
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.
I love the balance of this podcast. Iâm 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.
I have read one of Pete Ennsâ 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 âallnessâ or âall those guys think alike.â If you voted for a certain person you must think exactly like them and their camp. Just like difficult theological issues itâs 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 âItâs the truth brother.â While this was a humorous example it brought home what prejudiced was about. One bad apple doesnât 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.
I have listened to a number of their episodes, and though entertaining (and at times insightful) they have a tendency to rail against the âsmugnessâ or the âclosed mindedâ viewpoints of evangelical Christians all while coming across very smug and more enlightened than everyone else. Itâs 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. Itâs just fundamentalism from a more liberal/progressive viewpoint.
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 heâs as good as heâs supposed to be! Pete and Jared are fantastic â so smart, so thoughtful, so funny. I also appreciate everyone youâve interviewed on the podcast. The only downside is too many additional books I now think I must read. Oh well!
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 Iâm not the only one whoâs asked about these things. The scholarship is impressive. Thank you all so much!
As a Christian whoâs always exploring and asking questions, I really appreciate this podcast :)
Iâm always excited to find a new episode uploaded. Wonderful mix of scholarly work with practical applications.
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, Iâll definitely join their patrons on Patreon.
Loving this podcast! If you really enjoy a good exegetical approach to Scripture then this is the podcast for you.
Canât get enough of you guys! Love your work on the OT.
Pete & Jaredâs podcast has been such a transformative, even a revolutionary, force in my life over the past year or so. I wish I could tell yâall all about it. . . do give it a listen.
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.
Probably my favorite podcast about the Bible! So thoughtful and clearly well informed.
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.
Understanding is critical to my faith. This podcast answers multiple questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serious scholarship that doesnât take itself too serious.
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.
Totally blew my mind. Saving my faith and my view of the Bible.
Iâm so grateful for this podcast. When I started rethinking my theology, I didnât 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.
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.
Rich content in these podcasts for Christians (and others) that are finding their past religious education is not working spiritually for them anymore.
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!
Pete and Jared are wonderful! They donât take themselves too seriously but obviously have a lot to share on the subjects being discussed. Theyâve introduced me to other writers and thinkers who are also helpful guides in reconstructing ones faith.
Engaging, clear, and thoughtful, the Bible for Normal People is a fantastic conversation.
i canât stop listening, amazing!
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.
Iâve 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 Iâve been introduced to who Iâve 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
Keep it up, very informative and inspiring to ask questions that we feel,but never say out loud!
Was interesting until political views became part of the conversation
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 !!