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The evolution of Adam : what the Bible does and doesn't say about human origins

Author: Peter Enns
Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI : Brazos Press, ©2012.
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"Can Christianity and evolution coexist? Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the fall of Adam. However, an evolutionary view of beginnings doesn't allow for a historical Adam, making evolution seem incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this presents a tension that endangers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Enns
ISBN: 9781587433153 158743315X
OCLC Number: 729346790
Description: xx, 172 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part One: Genesis : an ancient story of Israelite self-definition. Genesis and the challenges of the nineteenth century : science, biblical criticism, and biblical archaeology --
When was Genesis written? --
Stories of origins from Israel's neighbors --
Israel and primordial time --
Part Two: Understanding Paul's Adam. Paul's Adam and the Old Testament --
Paul as an ancient interpreter of the Old Testament --
Paul's Adam --
Conclusion: Adam today : nine theses.
Responsibility: Peter Enns.

Abstract:

"Can Christianity and evolution coexist? Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the fall of Adam. However, an evolutionary view of beginnings doesn't allow for a historical Adam, making evolution seem incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this presents a tension that endangers faith. Peter Enns offers a way forward by explaining how this tension is caused not by the discoveries of science but by false expectations about the biblical texts. Focusing on key biblical passages in the discussion, Enns demonstrates that the author of Genesis and the apostle Paul wrote to ask and answer ancient questions for ancient people; the fact that they both speak of Adam does not determine whether Christians can accept evolution. This thought-provoking book reconciles the teachings of the Bible with the widely held evolutionary view of beginnings and will appeal to anyone interested in the Christianity-evolution debate, including college and seminary students in science and religion courses." -- Publisher description.
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