Understanding the Bible on Its Own Terms
This is one of the best Christian podcasts on the internet. Tim and Jon are able to break down complex biblical scholarship and literary ideas into digestible chunks, and they consistently challenge listeners to broaden their understanding of the Bible. I’ve especially learned a lot from the ‘God’ series and the poetry/metaphor series.The thing that makes this podcast especially valuable, though, is its complete lack of dogmatism. Tim and Jon are clearly mainstream Christians, but they consistently approach each topic by focusing on the literary structure of the Bible rather than any pre-conceived interpretation or theological conclusion, and they generally leave more controversial topics up for discussion. They trust the listener to come to his/her own conclusions with the information presented, which is very refreshing is a religious context with so many competing truth claims. This means that the podcast is accessible and helpful not only to traditional believers, but also to progressive leaning Christians or even atheists or adherents to other religions who are interested in understanding the Bible on its own terms.
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