We are pleased to welcome Peter Enns to the 2016 Praxis Collective!
Peter Enns has a Ph.D. from Harvard and occupies an endowed chair at his university, but he talks like a normal person because he is otherwise just a regular guy who loves God and baseball. He even writes like a normal person (well, actually better, according to his literary agent).
Pete’s deep curiosity about the Bible led to questions that nearly cost him his faith before they deepened it in new ways. However, they did end up costing him his job as a professor of Old Testament, but hey—a little notoriety can add some color to the halls of academia. Now, Enns is passionate about helping us understand the Bible in a way that deepens faith, freeing us to bring our doubts, fears, and questions to God.
In his most recent book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (HarperOne, 2014), Enns illuminates his journey of faith with his characteristic wit and humor. His previous, scholarly works include Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament (Baker Academic, 2006), and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say About Human Origins (Brazos Press, January 2012).
As a speaker, Enns is able to balance his deep understanding of the Bible with his down-to-earth humor and conversational style. While unflinchingly honest about the Bible and faith, he is sincere and pastoral in his desire to see others discover the Bible to be a breath of fresh air: a guide for our messy lives of faith, not a rulebook for living or an irrelevant document for gullible believers.
While he speaks regularly at colleges and universities across the country, including Duke Divinity School, Princeton Seminary, University of Pennsylvania, Pete also lectures at churches and conferences around the world, including the The Korean Bible Society, Central PA Forum for Religion & Science, The Thelma Fordham Pruett Conference on the Academy & Religious Faith, and the Society of Biblical Literature.
Pete and his wife Sue have been married for over thirty years. They’ve raised three adult children and over the years their home has seen the coming and goings of a grand total 4 dogs, 8 cats, 11 rabbits, 2 ferrets, and likely a fair assortment of fish and reptiles (Pete can’t really remember). Most spring and summer months you’ll find Pete watching the New York Yankees on his computer while living in sports exile in suburban Philadelphia.