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599: Paganism Returns & a New New Testament with Scot McKnight

As Christianity declines in cultural influence what is taking its place? A recent article in The Atlantic written by Rabbi David Wolpe argues that paganism is on the rise, but it takes different forms on the cultural left and right. Mike Erre joins Phil and Skye to discuss the trend and why it may actually be good news for the church. Then, professor Scot McKnight returns to talk about his new translations of the New Testament called “The Second Testament.” He explains why his version uses odd language like “the Heavens’ Empire” instead of “the Kingdom of Heaven,” and why our familiarity with the Bible causes us to misread it. Also this week, scientists retract a claim about avocados, and Phil has a public service announcement about navel stones.

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0:00 - Intro

1:29 - Show Starts

4:51 - Theme Song

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6:31 - News of the Butt Retraction

12:44 - Belly Button Public Service Announcement

16:16 - The Return of the Pagans

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59:05 - Interview Intro

1:03:58 - The differences in McKnight’s translation

1:15:05 - Why make the translation harder to read

1:3:28 - End Credits

Links Mentioned in the News Segment:

The Return of the Pagans

Other resources:

The Second Testament

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