The Historical Adam: It’s Time to Stop Hiding Under a Theological Security Blanket

Over at Books and Culture, I have been participating in a roundtable discussion concerning the historical Adam. The occasion is the launch of Karl Giberson’s latest book Saving the Original Sinner: How Christians Have Used the Bible’s First Man to Oppress, Inspire, and Make Sense of the World.  Taking part in the discussion are 7 [Read More...]

creating Adam, again and again

Today’s post is the second of two by Karl Giberson and is adapted from his newly published Saving the Original Sinner: How Christians Have Used the Bible’s First Man to Oppress, Inspire, and Make Sense of the World.  Giberson teaches Science & Religion at Stonehill College and is a key figure in the science/faith dialogue. His [Read More...]

Adam’s Fall and Early Christian Notions of Sin

Today’s post is by Karl Giberson and is adapted from his newly published Saving the Original Sinner: How Christians Have Used the Bible’s First Man to Oppress, Inspire, and Make Sense of the World.  Giberson teaches Science & Religion at Stonehill College and a key figure in the science/faith dialogue. His other books on on [Read More...]

11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the “historical Adam.”

I began getting seriously involved in the Christianity/evolution “controversy” in 2009, which led to my 2012 book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. The debate over the historical Adam continues in an entirely predictable manner: the theological needs of the evangelical system lead to patterns of responses [Read More...]

does the genealogy of Adam make Adam a real person (Lamoureux on genealogies part 5)

Today we continue with part 5 of a 6-part audio-slide series by Denis Lamoureux on biblical genealogies (part 1 is here). This episode is called “Adam and the Biblical Genealogies,” and to address this issue, Lamoureux brings together two factors: (1) early Israel and oral traditions (which included short genealogies of real people), and (2) ancient science and origins [Read More...]


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