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The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins Paperback – January 1, 2012
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Can Christianity and Evolution Coexist?
"This is a bold, honest, and direct approach to the questions of origins and the interpretation of the Bible. Pete has battle scars from the journey to his conclusions in The Evolution of Adam, but those battles have made him increasingly sensitive to the plight of the church's struggle with science and the Bible. Here is a theologically alert, pastorally sound, and exegetically informed book that will lead us onward."
--Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary
"The question of the historical Adam is an urgent issue in biblical interpretation and theology today. Recent developments in biology have indicated with impressive evidence that humanity does not go back to a single human couple. Does that mean that the Bible is wrong or that science is wrong? Or perhaps, as Peter Enns argues, we have been misreading the Bible. While not everyone, including myself, agrees with everything that Enns suggests, his book is an important contribution to the discussion concerning Genesis 1-2 and science."
--Tremper Longman III, Westmont College
"The Evolution of Adam not only reflects the evolution of evangelical understandings of Adam, but it also contributes to new perspectives on Paul and the gospel of Jesus Christ. No one concerned with the beauty, glory, and truth of the good news in a scientific world will want to miss out on this landmark book!"
--Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary
"The Evolution of Adam provides a sure-footed and engaging look at what the Bible says--and does not say--about the first man. Peter Enns, one of America's most important Old Testament scholars, provides a masterful and accessible survey of the relevant biblical scholarship from the past couple of centuries. Enns combines a deep appreciation of the Christian tradition with a courageous willingness to go where most evangelicals fear to tread. I highly recommend this book."
--Karl Giberson, author of Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution
About the Author
Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is the Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He was formerly senior fellow of biblical studies for the BioLogos Foundation, an organization that explores the integration of science and Christian faith, where he wrote a regular column for their Science and the Sacred blog. He has taught at several schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Temple University, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Enns has authored or edited numerous books, including Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament.
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If you are at all interested in finding a synthesis between the mounting evidence for evolutionary theory and a Christian thought (rooted in Scripture), then this book should be on your list -- near the top.
Not only does Enns carefully elucidate the key biblical passages in Genesis and Paul's writings, he also presents a helpful summary of the development of biblical scholarship in the modern period. In other words, he sets the current questions in the context of a long and ongoing conversation. It is a good review of the discipline for those of us who are familiar with it and a good introduction for those who are new to the history of the discipline.
One need not agree with all of Enns's conclusions (he does not expect you to) to appreciate the careful thought that has gone into this book. While Enns's has a specific audience in mind, I know from conversations with others that Enns's approachable and charitable style makes this book accessible and welcome by a broader audience than Enns's has immediately in mind.
I would not expect to walk away from reading this book with all the answers (indeed, you may have more questions than when you started), but it is an excellent place to begin the discussion and analysis of this contentious topic that has plagued the church for decades.
i've read excerpts while studying, and it's a very interesting take on Adam and Israel.
we have both found it helpful in conversations that tend towards, 'if you don't have a historical Adam than you don't have a historical Jesus"...
church people can be exhausting, this book helps lessen our (di)stress in answering them :)
although we still occasionally get the evil eye.
love it like all the other PE's books we've read.
Now, with the skill and depth of knowledge afforded a world-renowned Bible scholar, Dr. Peter Enns has courageously and convincingly explained why we need not understand the Bible's creation stories to be a literal history of events for them to be valid and important. Indeed, the creation stories, along with the entire book of Genesis, establish the foundation for all that follows in the Bible. Dr. Enns provides a detailed account of the historical context within which these essential Scriptures were recorded and how they, through the work of the Apostle Paul, affect the very foundational principles of Christianity.
For anyone wishing to better understand the history, the literary character, and ultimately the relevance of Biblical Scripture to Christianity and to the entire world, Dr. Peter Enns' The Evolution of Adam is a must read.
--author of Exploring Faith and Reason: The Reconciliation of Christianity and Biological Evolution