Does Paul’s Theology Require a Historical Adam? Thoughts from J. R. Daniel Kirk

Recently, Daniel Kirk posted his thoughts on the historical Adam question in Fuller Theological Seminary’s Spring 2013 issue of “Theology, News, and Notes.” He followed up with a post on his own blog. Many know Kirk from his books Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity and Unlocking Romans: Resurrection [Read More...]

Reading Genesis: Let’s be Adult about this, Shall We.

Over a hundred years ago, German-and-therefore-easily-dismissible-Old-Testament-scholar Hermann Gunkel (1862-1932), the dapper gentleman pictured to the left, wrote the following about Genesis: A child, indeed, unable to distinguish between reality and poetry, loses something when it is told that its dearest stories are “not true.” But the modern theologian should be further developed. The evangelical churches [Read More...]

Spinning our Wheels: A Response to a Review of “The Evolution of Adam” (with apologies to those with a 500 word, 1.6 minute internet attention span)

Recently, Hans Madueme, assistant professor of theological studies at Covenant College, wrote a lengthy review essay (5000 words plus footnotes) of The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. I appreciate the effort involved, and Madueme’s sincere attempts to maintain a balance between clarity of his conviction, Christian courtesy, and denominational [Read More...]

Does America Have Its Own Origins Myth?

“Most countries construct myths of their origins … and speak of those myths in divine hues,” said Franklin T. Lambert, professor of history at Purdue University, during an April 18 lecture at Mercer University. Lambert contends that the United States is no different. Now, there’s food for thought. When American’s say that we are God’s [Read More...]


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