Friday, February 17, 2006

A book recommendation

First off, I know I have disappeared off the face of the earth for a while, but I am back, and I do intend (I do not want to make a promise I cannot keep) to post much more regularly. Life has been hectic to understate it, and blogging, among other things was a really low priority for time consumption. I have come up with a lot of ideas for things to write about the past couple months; and will put some of those ideas into more concrete form in the very near future.

But, now, very briefly to the subject at hand. I recently acquired, and am currently reading Incarnation and Inspiration by Dr. Peter Enns. This book has gathered a lot of attention, and a lot of controversy since its publication. In my particular denomination, the book has been regularly criticized and the orthodoxy of the author has been seriously questioned. In spite of all the negative press being given to the book by many in the conservative and reformed churches; I highly recommend that everyone read the book. Agree or disagree with the author's particular conclusions, it is vital that the data and the issues that Dr. Enns presents in this book be dealt with by anyone who desires to have more than a casual interaction with the Bible. Further, when you read, be open minded and consider the data and how it really does/does not affect the traditional understanding.

I have much more to say, and will write several future posts on issues raised and some of my personal responses to the book as I continue to read and interact with the data that Dr. Enns presents. But I would encourage everyone to read this clearly written work, and consider carefully the implications of this book on how the church understands and treats the Scriptures.