did the apostle Paul (or God) believe in a literal Adam?

Many Christians are concerned that Adam in the book of Genesis is to be understood as a “first” human of some sort–either literally so or “first” in terms of importance. In my book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, I spend half its pages talking about what [Read More...]

An outsider eavesdrops on the Evangelical Theological Society and the Adam/evolution controversy. Oh no.

Just this past week, the Economist ran a story on the evolution controversy in evangelicalism. I can’t say I saw that one coming. A reporter went to the Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Baltimore and sat in on the session with the authors of the recent publication of Four Views on the Historical Adam (part of [Read More...]

Two recent books on Adam, evolution, and Christianity that I don’t think help at all

Two books on evolution and Christianity have been sitting on my desk for a few weeks now: Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation and Four Views on the Historical Adam. I haven’t been sure what to do with them. The first is the product of a 2011 symposium hosted by the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought & Practice. The participants were Dick Averbeck [Read More...]

You and I Have a Different God, I Think

I’ve been watching the Adam and evolution debates/discussions on line, in social media, and in print. I think I am beginning to see more clearly what accounts for the deeply held, visceral, differences of opinion about whether Adam was the first man or whether Adam is a story. The reason for the differences is not simply that people have [Read More...]

A Letter, Concerning The Evolution of Adam (hint, it’s a parody)

To Some Early Evangelical Reviewers of The Evolution of Adam: These are the words of the author, who wrote the book, whose words are contained therein, and who endeavored to speak clearly on many complex matters in the space allotted after cost analysis by Baker Publishing House (of blessed name). I know your deeds, that you [Read More...]


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