Are we sinners by nature? Does sin even exist or is it just in our minds? Plus, Pete Enns is our Heretic of the Week.

Show Notes

  • 00:20 – Introduction and word from show sponsor Unfundamentalists.
  • 03:57 – Text – Depression and deconstruction.
  • 08:35 – Voicemail about the Heretic Happy Hour board game.
  • 12:20 – Introduction to Pete Enns, author of Inspiration and Incarnation, The Bible Tells Me So, and The Sin of Certainty.
  • 17:00 – Views of the Bible and progressive revelation.
  • 21:00 – Contradictions in the Bible and the need for inerrancy and certainty.
  • 27:00 – Pete’s spiritual background and deconstruction process.
  • 32:10 – Pete explains what he wants people to gain from his work. Providing language for cognitive dissonance.
  • 35:45 – Continual deconstruction.
  • 38:56 – Pete Enn’s new book, 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. The Bible as a source for wisdom.
  • 41:20 – End of interview.
  • 42:52 – Introduction to the topic of sin.
  • 43:23 – The hosts’ personal understanding of what sin is. Missing the mark. Out of step with the peace of God. Failing to love God and others as Jesus did.
  • 46:11 – The non-existence of sin. The false construct of good and evil.
  • 51:02 – Sin as darkness.
  • 54:35 – Sin management.
  • 57:46 – Labels and false identities. Behaviors and defining people.
  • 59:40 – Humanity’s divine nature and true identity. Children of God.
  • 1:04:35 – The motivation of sin is something good. The desire for human connection.
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