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Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science Paperback – January 31, 2017
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"Marks a watershed moment in the history of evangelical Christianity"
"Adam and the Genome is both hugely needed and splendidly written. Anyone who has wrestled with the notion that science is an obstacle to faith will benefit from its clarity and informed insight. I hope it's widely read inside the church--and out."
--John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and best-selling author
"Few topics generate greater passion among evangelical Christians today than the question of the literal accuracy of the biblical creation story. With the advances in science, we have two accounts of the origin of living beings--one scientific, the other scriptural--and many believe that they are mutually exclusive. This book carefully considers whether that claim is true. The result is the most lucid and thorough discussion of the topic I have ever read. This book will mark a watershed moment in the history of evangelical Christianity."
--Darrel Falk, Point Loma Nazarene University
"Venema and McKnight address in a learned yet accessible way issues about which many of us have little understanding. We are indebted to them for giving us information and insights that enable us to think about human origins in ways that are both scientifically informed and grounded in a carefully nuanced interaction with the biblical text and early Jewish traditions."
--John H. Walton, Wheaton College
"This is a unique and valuable book: an expert geneticist and a leading New Testament scholar come together to address questions of Adam and Eve. Not all readers will agree with their conclusions, but the book is essential reading for all who seek an understanding of human origins that respects both Scripture and God's creation."
--Deborah Haarsma, president of BioLogos
"Anyone who doubts that Christian faith and evolutionary science can have a peaceful and fruitful relationship needs to read this remarkable book, a shining example of a complementary approach to science and religion in which both enhance, enrich, and complete each other. I highly recommend this book."
--Denis O. Lamoureux, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta
About the Author
Dennis R. Venema (PhD, University of British Columbia) is professor of biology at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, and Fellow of Biology for the BioLogos Foundation. He writes and speaks regularly about the biological evidence for evolution.
Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham), a world-renowned scholar, writer, and speaker, is Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author or editor of more than sixty books, including Kingdom Conspiracy, The Jesus Creed, The King Jesus Gospel, and The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life. He is also a popular blogger (Jesus Creed).
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Dr. Venema does an exquisite job of explaining complex genetic evidence that supports the theory of evolution. On this account, I would highly recommend this book for anybody who wants to learn more about modern genetics and the impressive growing body of evidence that supports common descent. I am glad that he also addresses mitochondrial eve and Adam which is badly misunderstood by many well-meaning Christians to prove God supernaturally created two Homo sapiens. I wish that Dr. Vennema would write a book solely on evolution that also explains more lines of evidence that also are often poorly misunderstood and therefore rejected (ie the wealth of transition fossils we have). I am also glad that he took the time to address some of the ID movement as many ID or anti-evolution arguments are simply strawman argument anyways.
I believe the second half of the book has been misunderstood by many readers, but I think it was an excellent accompanying analysis and a great theological study. It is a beautiful thing to me, even if all of the pieces are not yet together (or set in stone like modern creationists tend to be- i.e. Evolution = Satan) to see thinkers like Dr. Longman III taking a look at ancient near Eastern manuscripts along with the Scriptures to come to a deeper understanding of how the original writers thought. For someone who tends to ignore Hebrew culture and cultural and historical context, insisting that the Holy Spirit will supernaturally teach them everything about the text as they read it – you probably will not like this analysis. He never comes in and definitively says anything, but provides ample evidence that we can be free to explore modern science and it is OK if Adam and Eve we're not even real people (He doesn't go this far however).
It is too bad that many will reject both parts of this book without even giving it a chance. Such a mindset, and some attempt to be faithful to God in the Bible simply sets back Christianity more and failing to engage the impressive body of evidence for evolution will only marginalize Christianity further and create unnecessary stumbling blocks for future generations ( other than the only stumbling block that Scripture defines- the cross of Christ).
Dennis Venema’s first two chapters offer one of the clearest and most succinct Christian defenses of evolution I’ve seen. Additionally, nearly all the studies he examines are recent (within the last 2-6 years) and not just a rehashing of what can already be found in similar books. You can, however, find almost all of it for free on his blog: http://biologos.org/blogs/dennis-venema-letters-to-the-duchess
Daniel Harrell’s Afterward is insightful and quoteworthy. In discussing terms that secular evolutionists often ascribe to evolution (“random,” “wasteful,” “purposeless”), he asks “what if what looks like randomness was instead understood as freedom? What if nature is creatively endowed with a liberty and capacity to self-assemble as it will?... Or, what if wastefulness was instead understood as sacrifice? The universe and humanity come about at immense cost, a cost that ascribes to them immense value (cf. John 3:16). Or, what if purposelessness was understood as fruitfulness or, to borrow a fancy theological word, telos (from the Greek meaning “ultimate aim or end”)?... a progression from simplicity to complexity and eventually to a humanity with unique capabilities of reason, empathy, cooperation, wonder, and worship.”
I look forward to finding any other materials he’s produced. [Edit: I've now started his book Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Living Theology) and I'm impressed with Harrell's ability to communicate humbly and clearly on the subject].
Unfortunately, the rest of the book fails to match to persuasiveness and clarity that some similar resources demonstrate.
If you get confused by Venema’s treatment of Mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosome Adam, his blog offers a helpful chart that didn’t make it into the book: http://biologos.org/blogs/dennis-venema-letters-to-the-duchess/understanding-evolution-mitochondrial-eve-y-chromosome-adam
Strangely, though Venema spends a whole chapter countering the claims of Intelligent Design, he leaves his definition of Intelligent Design in an Endnote that most people will never find. His definition is somewhat crucial to understanding why he even bothers debating Intelligent Design and why we should care. Although I'm not sure that, even with the definition, he actually made it clear why we should care about disproving the arguments of Intelligent Design.
Both Venema’s and McKnight’s sections end without summary statements or “conclusions." Additionally, their lack of cross-references towards each other’s sections make the book seem disjointed, like independent works bound together by a hurried editor. This was a missed opportunity to demonstrate the relevance between the scientific and theological positions.
I had high hopes for Scot McKnight’s treatment of the subject since he is a less controversial figure than other Evangelical authors who have tackled it recently. I (positively) quoted him in many undergraduate papers, and expected he would bring some credibility and insight to readers who may have previously been too leery to accept such scholarship. Unfortunately, he seems to get distracted and forget the purpose of this book. After 80 pages discussing the different views of Adam among Paul and Paul’s Jewish contemporaries, he ends without really making any headway or conclusions concerning the relevance of it to the book's subject. From a response I saw him write, it sounds like he had to leave out a lot of valuable material in order to spend so much time convincing us to eliminate the designation of a "historical Adam" and replace it with designations such as "literary Adam" and "genealogical Adam." I recognize that he was trying to assure readers that you can believe in human sinfulness without believing Adam was "historical," yet he admits that Paul seemed to believe in a real, genealogical Adam (which would essentially be a "historical" Adam). So I've failed to find much value in all those pages and I really wish he'd spent them making points more relevant to the foundation Venema laid at the beginning.
I appreciate McKnight's bravery to even contribute to such a book. I know he will receive backlash from some colleagues and friends. Yet it almost seems like he purposely avoided making any conclusions to minimize such backlash. He really doesn't say much that even a fundamentalist would argue with, which is a bewilderment considering the implications Evolution has on this topic. His discussion is not worded or formatted for newcomers to this information, and he doesn't uncover any new insights. So I can't really recommend McKnight's section to newcomers or to those well versed in the subject.
For a much clearer and robust treatment of McKnight's assigned subject, check out Peter Enns’ The Evolution of Adam, What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins