Continuing the Fox in the Hen House! series of blog posts exposing heresy about Genesis …
This eleventh post of the series reviews the Bible curriculum that the BioLogos Senior Fellow of Biblical Studies Dr. Peter Enns is developing for children and marketing to homeschoolers.
Enns is a former tenured professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary who was removed for his heretical beliefs (see #10 of this series).
Enns is currently associated with the BioLogos Foundation which is committed to the marriage of scientism and Christianity through persuading Christians to accept evolutionism and billions of years for the age of the earth by arguing that Genesis 1-11 is mythical or metaphorical.
Peter Enns’ teaching is fraught with unorthodox, even heretical, positions. To read Enns’ views for yourself, click Peter Enns Articless for links to many articles by Enns on the BioLogos site.
Enns’ Bible Curriculum
Enns is writing a Bible curriculum marketed to homeschoolers. It consists of the teacher’s guide Telling God’s Story: A Parents’ Guide to Teaching the Bible along with the Telling God’s Story series of yearly books.
Enns undermines the inspiration, authority, and inerrancy of Scripture. He considers parts of Genesis mythical and not true history. (See previous posts #5, #6, #7, #8, #10 in this series for documentation of Enns’ rejection of Adam, a historical Genesis, and Biblical inspiration.) His beliefs subtly infiltrate his curriculum, making it dangerous to use.
Reviewer Lea Ann Garfias makes these key criticisms of Enns’ children’s Bible curriculum which she supports with extensive quotes:
1 – Enns says sin and grace are “adult concepts” not to be taught to children.
2 – Enns fails to explain how to teach key truths to children, including an understanding of God, the Bible, and salvation.
3 – Enns’ reluctance to clarify his position on inspiration diminishes the authority of the Bible. Nowhere does Enns claim the Bible is the absolute authority for faith and practice. Nowhere does Enns claim the Bible is inerrant.
4 – Enns minimizes the relevancy of Biblical truth to our lives today.
(See Garfias’ review Response to Peter Enns’ “Telling God’s Story” from Feb 1, 2011).
Another reviewer of Enns’ curriculum (Anne Elliot) says, “Enns repeatedly attacks the very truth of the Bible … (he says) teaching about creation and the flood will just confuse our children … He suggests that the very core doctrines of our faith are too difficult to discuss with our children.” Elliot concludes, “This is one of the most dangerous books I’ve read in a long time.”
(See Elliot’s review Bible Curriculum That Is Anti-Bible? from Mar 22, 2011).
Ken Ham, President of Answers in Genesis, has also weighed in against Enns’ curriculum with extensive quotes from the curriculum that illustrate some of the problems in these two articles:
This Will Be Promoted at the Convention?, March 24, 2011
Is the Bible a “Mess?”, March 25, 2011
Enns’ Telling God’s Story Bible curriculum does not teach the plain foundational truths of Scripture to children. Thus it fails at the fundamental task of any children’s Bible curriculum. Therefore I recommend against it.
Soli Deo Gloria.
Read the prequels in this Fox in the Hen House! series of blog posts exposing
heresy about Genesis:
1. Fox in the Hen House! – BioLogos Promotes Heresy
2. Fox in the Hen House! – BioLogos Rejects Inerrancy
3. Fox in the Hen House! – Colleges Compromise on Genesis
4. Fox in the Hen House! – BioLogos Founder Rejects Adam
5. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns Rejects Adam
6. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns Rejects Adam #2
7. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns Rejects Adam #3
8. Fox in the Hen House! – Evolution Trumps Bible??
9. Fox in the Hen House! – Ramifications of Rejecting Adam
10. Fox in the Hen House! – Enns Rejects Inspiration
Read the sequel:
12. Fox in the Hen House! – ?Science Trumps Bible?
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
Thursday July 7, 2011 A.D.
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Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)