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Over at The Tentative Apologist, Randal Rauser posted a podcast interview with me that, frankly, I forgot I did. But then I remembered.

Actually, it’s the second part of an interview we did last November at the annual Bible scholar nerd fest (Society of Biblical Literature) in Baltimore. You can listen to part 1 here, the topic of which was evolution.

This podcast is about inerrancy, and follows on the panel discussion at the Evangelical Theological Society earlier that week over the book Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy to which I along with 4 others contributed. (My view is the right one, by the way.)

It’s a great podcast, mainly because Randal asked me questions and let me ramble. I hope you listen anyway. Rauser prefaces the interview by recounting the spiritual journey of Bart Ehrman, which then leads to our discussion about ways of approaching the Bible that don’t lead to an either/or mentality.

In the interview I channel some of what I said in the book mentioned above and also Inspiration and Incarnation. A bit of my next book also finds its way in there (I was writing it at the time): The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It.

And just to make sure you are paying attention, see if you can catch which of the following I actually say in the interview (could be more than one answer).

  1. “At the end of the day, I don’t think Al Mohler and I are that far apart.”
  2. “At the end of the day, I don’t think Richard Dawkins and I are that far apart.”
  3. “Inerrancy gives me leg cramps.”
  4. “We came from monkeys.”
  5. “Sometimes I wonder if Paul’s mind was wandering when he wrote.”
  6. “I’m not undermining the Bible. I’m undermining you.”


Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.