Your Opinion(s)

On Peter Enns’ Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, what are you opinions? Either way, this is one I’d like to read (even though the controversy surrounding Enns has quieted).

What do you think of it?

Αυτω η δοξα,


9 thoughts on “Your Opinion(s)

  1. Jason,
    My initial thoughts are here:

    (I plan on finishing the book this next week and writing some more on it).

    I have read a bit more since then, and I can say that it continues to be a gripping and challenging book. One thing I really appreciate is his analogy that the nature of the Bible is like the nature of Jesus: fully human, fully divine; and that people have too often focused on the ‘fully divine’ side of things and ignored the ‘fully human’ aspect, thus making a Docetic Bible. The analogy certainly has flaws (as all of them do), but it has proven to be quite helpful as I follow what Enns is trying to say.

    On a slightly different angle, you should also see JP Moreland’s article that he gave at ETS (I think) in 2007. The article is called, ‘How Evangelicals Became Over-Committed to the Bible and What Can Be Done About It.’ (His argument did not make too many people happy–oops). If you can’t find it, let me know and I’ll e-mail you a copy.

  2. I haven’t read it yet, but I know Nick did a review of it and wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about – but then his isn’t too into inspiration anyways. In the comments there some noted they like Enn’s book over Kenton Spark’s God’s Word in Human Words (Baker 2008). They are similar in approach. Might be interesting to read Enns and then Sparks and compare if you want to get into the issues of inspiration and issues of critical biblical scholarship. Seems like a must read, I need to get it and read it myself (Enns). Hope that helps a bit.

    Carl, could I get a copy too if you find that paper? thanks.

    1. Brian, no worries about getting a copy. Shoot me an e-mail so that I can have an address to forward you the paper. (cssweatman[at]gmail[dot]com).

  3. Sadly, this is one book that I have yet to read. I have been meaning to get to it, but my work load has made that a bit impossible. Maybe now that the summer is here. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  4. I liked it a lot. Like Brian said, I didn’t see what all the fuss was about, since in the end he was defending the Bible against charges of error. He just wasn’t a fundy about it.

  5. It’s an excellent book. I recommend it to all of my evangelical friends who are interested in the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and other related issues. Enns has posted several articles including “Apostolic Hermeneutics and an Evangelical Doctrine of Scripture: Moving Beyond a Modernist Impasse” which contains the germ of some of the ideas presented in the book here:

    It’s readership is not intended to be strictly academics, so the style is very readable. I considered it very sad to see some of the controversy surrounding the work as I think this is the type of writing many lay people need.

  6. Carl: Thanks for the comment. I think I may bump Enns’ book up the list a bit. And, I’ll comb through my ETS articles and see if I have that one by Moreland. If not, I’ll let you know!

    Brian: Yes, those issues between critical scholarship and inspiration are of interest to me, but I am not sure how much. I still want to read his book, though.

    Adam: If I get to read it, I may post some thoughts on it. May be a while though!

    Nick: I’ll definitely have to read your review.

    Jeremy: Thanks for the link. And I agree–sometimes we just need to loosen up a bit, especially when it comes to things such as this. I’m all for defending the doctrines of orthodoxy, but there is certainly a danger when the doctrine itself becomes the object of our devotion.

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