In Quest of the Historical Adam: A Biblical and Scientific Exploration
: Was Adam a real historical person? And if so, who was he and when did he live? William Lane Craig sets out to answer these questions through a biblical and scientific investigation. He begins with an inquiry into...
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Was Adam a real historical person? And if so, who was he and when did he live?
William Lane Craig sets out to answer these questions through a biblical and scientific investigation. He begins with an inquiry into the genre of Genesis 1-11, determining that it can most plausibly be classified as mytho-history-a narrative with both literary and historical value. He then moves into the New Testament, where he examines references to Adam in the words of Jesus and the writings of Paul, ultimately concluding that the entire Bible considers Adam the historical progenitor of the human race-a position that must therefore be accepted as a premise for Christians who take seriously the inspired truth of Scripture.
Working from that foundation of biblical truth, Craig embarks upon an interdisciplinary survey of scientific evidence to determine where Adam could be most plausibly located in the evolutionary history of humankind, ultimately determining that Adam lived between 750,000 and 1,000,000 years ago as a member of the archaic human species Homo heidelbergensis. He concludes by reflecting theologically on his findings and asking what all this might mean for us as human beings created in the image of God, literally descended from a common ancestor-albeit one who lived in the remote past.
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He and his wife Jan have been married since 1971, and have two adult children.
Dr. Craig was born in 1949, in Peoria, Illinois. From an early age, he proved to be a champion debater at school. At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ.
Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994.
Dr Craig has emerged as one of the most redoubtable defenders of Christian truth at the top levels of academic philosophy in our time. He has publicly debated theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, scientists, and various pundits on matters of Christian truth, including Antony Flew, Lawrence Krauss, Marcus Borg, Gerd Ludemann, Bart Ehrman, Christopher Hitchens, and several prominent Muslim apologists. Richard Dawkins has refused to debate with him.
Dr Craig has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument, which has prompted more articles in contemporary philosophical journals than any other current argument for God's existence; also Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
- :<p><b>table Of Contents</b></p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160;preface<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;1. What Is At Stake<br /> Part One: Biblical Data Concerning The Historical Adam<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;2. The Nature Of Myth<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;3. Are The Primaeval Narratives Of Genesis 1&ndash;11 Myth? (part 1)<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;4. Are The Primaeval Narratives Of Genesis 1&ndash;11 Myth? (part 2)<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;5. Are Genesis 1&ndash;11 Mytho-history?<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;6. Are Myths Believed To Be True?<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;7. Adam In The New Testament<br /> Part Two: Scientific Evidence And The Historical Adam<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;8. Scientific And Philosophical Preliminaries<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;9. The Evidence Of Palaeoneurology<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;10. The Evidence Of Archaeology (part 1)<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;11. The Evidence Of Archaeology (part 2)<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;12. Locating The Historical Adam<br /> Part Three: Reflections On The Historical Adam<br /> &#160; &#160; &#160;13. Putting It All Together</p>