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Here is a brief video about the Psalms, the dark side of faith, and some other themes from The Sin of Certainty.

The video is the work of the one and only Travis Reed of The Work of the People. (Other videos Travis and I made together can be found here.) I am very glad to have had the chance to sit down with a kindred spirit, make some videos, and have some fun in the process (despite his irrational attachment to the Houston Astros).


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.

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  • John Reimer says:

    Thank you for your honest and clearly not trite answers in this video. It is refreshing to see how relaxed you are in giving those answers to what were good questions. (I initially typed “certainly not trite answers” but decided that in the present company that word was perhaps ruled out…..).

  • Dave says:

    I REALLY appreciate the video. Some of those Psalms make me cringe and I appreciate your insight in why they are there as part of the story.
    On a lighter note, if you ever start offering prayer cloths, you will probably get a lot more money if you inscribe them with a hand written note in Hebrew.

  • Marcus Johnson says:

    Hey, Pete, blog request: can you write on your work with graduate students, more specifically, when or why someone really interested in exploring religion should consider graduate school? Totally off subject from this post, but it might be really appreciated. Thanks.

  • St. John’s Dark Night of the Soul is comforting during difficult times. Most writings by the Catholic saints I’ve found helpful, as well as Thomas Merton’s work, since he encourages exploration rather than simplifying faith. I think Faith, if genuine, is never simple. I heeded an Episcopalian writer Cynthia Bourgault’s advice to sing the Psalms each morning and found it a good practice. One to three Psalms a day are good for the soul. But I confess, singing about wanting to dash the heads of one’s enemy’s children against a stone is not my idea of fun. Maybe the awareness of such anger helps us be more honest about the difficulties of faith throughout the human journey.

    We have an unusual Bible study (lectionary) group… it used to be just the ministers in our region who came. I found out I could attend, and eventually, other lay people like me… now we have about half pastors and half lay people. We began studying a companion book along with scripture. Ennis Sin of Certainty and The Bible Tells Me So have been two of our study books. Reverend Barber’s The Third Reconstruction is our present book, which I highly recommend in our present political environment. We need tools to help us understand what’s happened and what we can do about it. This is our political Dark Night of the Soul in America.

    Thank you for your brilliance, humor, and insight, Peter Enns. We appreciate it.

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