James McGrath reflects on Peter Enns approach to the Bible (Patheos Website)

“I’m not attacking the Bible. "

James McGrath  reflects on Peter Enns approach to the Bible (Patheos Website)

I am even told sometimes, “You’re attacking the Bible,” and when I am accused of such I simply say, “I’m not attacking the Bible. I’m attacking you. You’re problem is that you can’t tell the difference.” Our thinking about the Bible should never be confused with the Bible itself—or worse, with God.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

I thought that the above quote from Pete Enns was worth sharing. Especially the last bit, since it really does highlight a central issue in a lot of discussions that I have, too. Sometimes people seem to completely fail to recognize that, when they talk about “what the Bible says,” what they really mean is “what I think that the Bible says, assuming that I have correctly interpreted the meaning of the relevant passages, and ignoring those other passages that might suggest matters are more complicated.”

The inability to distinguish “what I understand” and “what the Bible says” is, when you get to the heart of it, idolatry, the arrogant assumption that one’s own human understanding of what other human beings have written is in fact the inerrant Word of God.

James McGrath

Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. BD University of London, PhD Durham University.

Original article can be found at:

Attacking the Bible | James McGrath (patheos.com)


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