Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science
Recent genomic science indicates that humans descend not from an individual pair but from a large population. What does this mean for Christian claims about Adam and Eve? This book presents the perspectives of both genetics and theology and shows...
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Recent genomic science indicates that humans descend not from an individual pair but from a large population. What does this mean for Christian claims about Adam and Eve? This book presents the perspectives of both genetics and theology and shows that they are reconcilable.
:Genomic science indicates that humans descend not from an individual pair but from a large population. What does this mean for the basic claim of many Christians: that humans descend from Adam and Eve?
Leading evangelical geneticist Dennis Venema and popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight combine their expertise to offer informed guidance and answers to questions pertaining to evolution, genomic science, and the historical Adam. Some of the questions they explore include:
- Is there credible evidence for evolution?
- Do we descend from a population or are we the offspring of Adam and Eve?
- Does taking the Bible seriously mean rejecting recent genomic science?
- How do Genesis's creation stories reflect their ancient Near Eastern context, and how did Judaism understand the Adam and Eve of Genesis?
- Doesn't Paul's use of Adam in the New Testament prove that Adam was a historical individual?
The authors address up-to-date genomics data with expert commentary from both genetic and theological perspectives, showing that genome research and Scripture are not irreconcilable. Foreword by Tremper Longman III and afterword by Daniel Harrell.
Scot McKnight (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written widely on the historical Jesus, Christian spirituality, and the Emerging Church. One of McKnight's more popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today's book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living. McKnight's blog, JesusCreed.org, has been a popular site for Emerging Church discussion.
His other publications include: The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus; Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today; Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory; Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us; Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels; The Story of the Christ, with Philip Law; and 1 Peter and Galatians in NIV Application Commentary.
His most recent publications include The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible and James (New International Commentary on the New Testament).
- :<b>contents<br></b>foreword By Tremper Longman Iii<br>introduction<br>1. Evolution As A Scientific Theory<br>2. Genomes As Language; Genomes As Books<br>3. Adam's Last Stand?<br>4. What About Intelligent Design?<br>5.<b> </b>adam, Eve, And The Genome: Four Principles For Reading The Bible After The Human Genome Project<br>6. Adam And Eve Of Genesis In Their Context: Twelve Theses<br>7. The Variety Of Adams And Eves In The Jewish World<br>8. Adam, The Genome, And The Apostle Paul<br>afterword By Daniel M. Harrell<br>index