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Many of us read the Bible, but how many of us do our best thinking when we read it? In this series, author and philosopher Jack Pelham seeks to use the very best thinking methods to interpret the Bible, so as to avoid the cognitive errors shown in the Bible and in cognitive science as well. For example, where Jesus said, "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment," a cognitive scientist might say the same thing like this: "You need to decouple from your focal bias and look at ALL the evidence, so that you can draw a conclusion that jibes with reality." And so we re-examine the Bible in an attempt to get right what is so frequently gotten wrong.

The episode formats vary between solo-lecturer (Jack Pelham) presentations and family discussions with Jack's wife, Kay, and son, James. The solo episodes have episode-specific show notes on the web page that bears each episode.

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Many of us read the Bible, but how many of us do our best thinking when we read it? In this series, author and philosopher Jack Pelham seeks to use the very best thinking methods to interpret the Bible, so as to avoid the cognitive errors shown in the Bible and in cognitive science as well. For example, where Jesus said, "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment," a cognitive scientist might say the same thing like this: "You need to decouple from your focal bias and look at ALL the evidence, so that you can draw a conclusion that jibes with reality." And so we re-examine the Bible in an attempt to get right what is so frequently gotten wrong.

The episode formats vary between solo-lecturer (Jack Pelham) presentations and family discussions with Jack's wife, Kay, and son, James. The solo episodes have episode-specific show notes on the web page that bears each episode.

    Episode 7: Why I Wish We’d Drop the Terms “Old Testament” and “New Testament”

    Episode 7: Why I Wish We’d Drop the Terms “Old Testament” and “New Testament”

    DESCRIPTION: Jack explains something he promised to explain about a comment made in passing in an earlier episode, and it leads into a fuller discussion of the importance of context in Bible study—and not just the immediate context of a passage, but a context that goes as wide as to studying even the extrabiblical writings from the Ancient Near Eastern cultures, including the Hebrew culture that produced all of the Bible documents.















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    Episode 6: What It Means To Be Created–Part B

    Episode 6: What It Means To Be Created–Part B

    DESCRIPTION: Jack explains more about what it means to be created “in the image and likeness” of God, and how it does not mean that we are his “representatives” on the Earth. He also introduces “Hermeneutics” and begins what will be an ongoing discussion on that topic.















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    SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODEFor your convenience, I have listed all the scriptures used in this episode below. You may find it helpful to have this page open while you listen. Where there are hyperlinks, they lead to the same passage at BibleGateway.com, where you can study the passage in its context, or switch translations, etc..







    2 Peter 3:11b… what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives…







    Micah 6:8  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.







    Ecclesiastes 7:29 See, this alone I found,

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    Episode 5: What It Means To Be Created–Part A

    Episode 5: What It Means To Be Created–Part A

    DESCRIPTION: We’re back after recovering from a malware attack and switching web hosts! In this episode, Jack explores what it means for us that we are created beings, and what our attitudes about that should be, according to the Bible.















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    SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODEFor your convenience, I have listed all the scriptures used in this episode below. You may find it helpful to have this page open while you listen. Where there are hyperlinks, they lead to the same passage at BibleGateway.com, where you can study the passage in its context, or switch translations, etc..







    Genesis 1:26-31 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures t...

    • 59 min
    Episode 4: Rethinking Grace

    Episode 4: Rethinking Grace

    DESCRIPTION: This episode looks at some of the grunt work of good Bible study as Jack demonstrates a ballpark idea of just how much the Bible talks about thinking. And from there, we get into the topic of grace, and what our response to it should be.















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    The Road of AttritionThis episode mentions what I called the Road of Attrition, which I have more formally called elsewhere, the Road of Investigational Attrition. It’s the idea that people often drop out of an investigation before reaching a full understanding of its end. Here’s a graphic representing this concept.







    Shows how people can drop out of an investigation before reaching its fullest and most accurate conclusion.







    SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODEFor your convenience, I have listed all the scriptures used in this episode below. You may find it helpful to have this page open while you listen. Where there are hyperlinks, they lead to the same passage at BibleGateway.com, where you can study the passage in its context, or switch translations, etc.







    Ephesians 2: 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.







    Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

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    Episode 3: Family Discussion about Episode 1 (God Cares About How You Think)

    Episode 3: Family Discussion about Episode 1 (God Cares About How You Think)

    DESCRIPTION: Kay and James join me to discuss the first episode.







    Sorry, there is no transcript of this episode. Transcripts are only provided for the regular study episodes, such as Episdode 1.







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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 2: About Jack Pelham

    Episode 2: About Jack Pelham

    DESCRIPTION: This short episode gives some background on the host, so that the listeners can better understand his perspective.







    Sorry, there is no transcript of this episode. Transcripts are only provided for the regular study episodes, such as Episode 1.







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    • 17 min

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