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…]

Genesis, creation, and two very different portraits of God (or, you can’t pin God down)

Marc Zvi Brettler, Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Literature at Brandeis University, and also one of my co-authors on The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously, recently posted some thoughts at TheTorah.com on the two creation stories in Genesis and how each portrays God differently. I think this will be [Read More…]

defending a literal reading of Genesis: an elderly pastor’s hill to die on

I recently stumbled upon a lengthy, passionate defense of a literal reading of the biblical creation story. This was posted by G. I. Williamson, a name likely not known outside of very conservative Presbyterian and Reformed circles, but within the Orthodox Presbyterian Church he is a revered and authoritative voice. I am not posting this to [Read More…]

Evolution is Ordained and Sustained by God: Slideshow 7 by Denis Lamoureux

Today we have Denis Lamoureux’s 7th and next-to-last slideshow summarizing his popular book I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution. Lamoureux continues his presentation on chapter 6 of his book, which deals with the specifics of human evolution.  (For those new to this series, all previous posts are linked in last week’s installment.) The topic today [Read More…]

Paul Believed in Adam, and So Should You (?): latest slideshow from Denis Lamoureux

Today we continue Denis Lamoureux’s series of brief slideshows on his popular book I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution. In the previous five slideshows, Lamoureux covered chapters 1 and 2, chapter 3, a supplement to chapter 4 (the sources of Genesis), chapter 4 (“Biblical Accounts of Origins”), and the first portion of  chapter 6  on human evolution. In today’s installment, Lamoureux continues his summary [Read More…]